Is The Public Option Dead?

by Sal on August 17, 2009

in Politics

Is the Public Option dead in regards to health care?  It seems it may be, but the jury is still out.  Yesterday, Secretary of Health and Human Services Katleen Sebelius told CNN that the public option was not an essential part of health reform.

This had the duel effect of confusing the administration’s message and driving the nutroots crazy.  Following Sebelius’ statement, several administration “sources” have made contradictory statements, one saying that she misspoke, another saying she did not misspeak but that the state-run media misinterpreted it.  With confusing messages such as this, how can team Obama hope to convince the public that he and his administration know what they are doing in regards to health care?

While some on the right have declared victory at this statement, it may be too soon to do so.  Michelle Malkin theorizes that this was simply a trial balloon to see how many Senators they would pick up vs. how much noise the nutroots would voice in opposition.  Now it appears they have backtracked and returned to their original position.

All of this may be moot anyways.  According to Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND), the public option is not going to be in the bill (H/T The Patriot Room).  I can see some back-door measure to sneak it back in at the 11th hour, but all of this is progress.  The fight is a long way from being won, but the direction it is going is positive compare from where we started a month ago.  Government-run Health Care can be defeated, but the road is not going to be easy.  Fortunately, the opponents of socialism are on the side of the majority in this one, and the Democrats are running scared.

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Ryan August 17, 2009 at 8:46 am

I agree with Malkin that dropping the public option has the feel of a trial balloon. Instinctively the Dems know they’ve lost this fight in the arena of ideas and that the town hall folks aren’t as crazy as their propaganda makes them out to be. I tend to agree, though, that the Dems are not unified on this and that they may try a stealth method of getting the public option passed despite their language today.

Plus, we all know that Obama doesn’t have an actual plan, just a goal (a single-payer system), the Senate has at least five plans on the table with many contradictions, and that the House plan seems to be the only one people have read — and they tend to loathe it. Now, I think, looking forward to September is key; that’s when they’ll have to put their money where their mouth is.


Chris August 17, 2009 at 10:30 am

Even if it looks like they may be stopped this time around, it doesn’t mean they’re going to stop coming at the American people. They will continue to try (and I’m surprised they didn’t try to back-door it in this time) and the only way to stop them will be to elect a Republican in 2012. Americans who do not want an over-reaching Federal Government must continue to be vigilant.


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