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Here Comes the ‘Public Option’ — Sort Of

Remember the almost unspoken part of the ACA that took the place of the public option? No? The administration will roll it out today: The Obama administration plans on Monday to announce scores of new health insurance options to be … Continue reading
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The (Almost) Public Option

Sy Mukherjee reports on the emergence of a government-run option for health insurance in the forthcoming Obamacare exchanges: The Obama Administration is preparing for the federal government’s impending role as the primary sponsor of two new multistate health insurance plans … Continue reading

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Very Serious Question

Wouldn’t now be a good time for the single-payer people to activate in support of a law that would amend the ACA to provide, say, a Medicare For All provision? Or how about a public option amendment? Instead of continuously … Continue reading

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Firebagger Bait

A small victory for the healthcare reform law: DETROIT — A federal judge on Thursday rejected an attempt to stop some key provisions of the new national health-care law, saying Congress has the authority to require people to get insurance … Continue reading

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The Counterintuitive Politics of Healthcare

Between the wingnut loud noises and the general demonization of “socialized medicine,” I think it’s generally assumed that government interference in healthcare is a third rail at this point. But it turns out the exact opposite is true. By overwhelming … Continue reading

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The Public Option

The good news… Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA), co-chair of the progressive caucus, is making good on her promise to continue pushing for a public health insurance option after the enactment of sweeping reform legislation. On Thursday afternoon, the Northern California … Continue reading

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Morning Joe At Its Worst

This video could be one of the most infuriating segments on Morning Joe ever. Joe’s rant at the top is basically another reading of the same rant he’s been rattling off since the Fall. You remember the one: the health … Continue reading

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It's Not Dead

No offense to some of my colleagues in the blogotubes, but I wish people would stop writing about how the public option is dead. I kind of know what they mean — the public option as it pertains to the … Continue reading

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Public Option Betrayal or Political Necessity?

On the surface, Greenwald makes a good point about the public option. But when you dig deeper into the political realities of the current situation, it rings a little hollow. Several caveats for you in case you intend to click … Continue reading

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The Zombie Option

It’s alive! It’s dead! It’s alive again! It’s dead again. This time, I think it’s dead. For now. “We had it; we wanted it,” Pelosi said. “It’s not in reconciliation.” She added: “We’re talking about something that’s not going to … Continue reading

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Bill Passing Fever!

Ezra Klein: The thinkable has happened, and the Senate parliamentarian has ruled that the president must sign the health-care reform bill before the House and Senate can act on a reconciliation package. Meanwhile, Harry Reid has instructed Mitch McConnell that … Continue reading

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White House Leadership on the Public Option

At first, I agreed with Ezra’s post that the White House is, again, failing to lead on the public option. However, it’s become clear that even the most hardline supporters of the public option know that any serious rekindling of … Continue reading

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The White House Healthcare Bill

I almost called it a “plan,” but to call it a plan would imply that they didn’t have a plan in the first place. Either way, Ezra describes it like so: There’s not a lot of policy news in the … Continue reading

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Mobilizing for the Resurrected Public Option

Whoever it is we generally task with activating the mighty progressive movement, I would suggest now is a good time to get moving. Harry Reid basically confirmed the reconciliation strategy today. Josh Marshall: On a local TV interview show on … Continue reading

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The Public Option Could Save You

And by “you,” I mean “you” and I mean various Democratic members of the Senate who will be running in dangerously tight races in November. Imagine, senators, being tied in the polls going into election day. Now imagine having voted … Continue reading

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Now It's 17 for the Public Option

Senator Schumer has added his name to the letter supporting the public option. It stands to reason since it’s his “level playing field” public option. The signatories so far: Sens. Bernie Sanders (VT), Al Franken (MN), Patrick Leahy (VT), John … Continue reading

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Looks Like Meat's Back on the Menu, Boys

The list of senators pushing for the public option is growing. The list of Senators currently signing the letter includes Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Michael Bennet (D-Col.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Pat Leahy … Continue reading

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Don't Get Too Excited, But…

Looks like the public option is still being discussed in the Senate. Four senators have signed a letter urging Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to pass a public option for insurance coverage through the use of reconciliation. The list … Continue reading

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Another Reason to Pass a Public Option

Congress should pass a public option via reconciliation for many reasons. This is just the latest one. A wingnut healthcare front group is publishing a “Public Option RIP” ad in the Washington Post. Now, there’s no chance Congress will pass … Continue reading

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The New Insufferables?

Reconciliation for the House fixes on healthcare reform will eliminate the need for Ben Nelson, Blanche Lincoln, Joe Lieberman, Evan Bayh and Mary Landrieu. The Insufferables. But several weeks ago, I worried that reconciliation might bring in a new batch … Continue reading

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