Category Archives: public option

Last Word on the Public Option

Congress did it. Jonathan Chait: There was always a slightly puzzling dynamic at work in the fight over the public option. It polled extremely well, but key Democrats in the Senate opposed it. Now, you could envision a justification for … Continue reading

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Let’s Have This Debate Another 50,000 Goddamn Times

If a bill or a law is worth defending even without a provision you wanted, it’s worth defending regardless of why that provision isn’t there. By Magic Love Hose. Talk to him here!

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True Stories Of The Health Care Patrol

Last Thursday, I arrived at the VA clinic precisely on time and waited exactly forty-five seconds before being called to the back. As a nurse drew four small vials of blood with only the tiniest of stabs, I told her … Continue reading

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Exploiting the Gap

The Grand Old Party held a Waterloo for Obama and then took on the role of Napoleon. Indeed, the “Battle of Health Care” ended more like a protracted siege. The question now is whether they have the sense to exploit … Continue reading

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Dead Again

I feel Bob Cesca’s pain: Speaking of which, I trust that following passage of reform the kill-billers will be immediately launching their campaign to pass a public option bill, along with additional legislation to improve the legislation. No? I would … Continue reading

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Firebaggers and the Public Option

The newest meme among firebaggers? Obama and the Democrats never wanted the public option and are actively working against it. Glenn Greenwald leads the charge, claiming that all year long, they insisted that the White House and a majority of … Continue reading

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Last Stands and the Public Option

Ryan Grim describes the prospect of a public option via reconciliation as a “last stand.” I resubmit that this was always inevitable; that its introduction to the Senate Bill process by Harry Reid was an indication that it could pass … Continue reading

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The 1st Dimension of 11-D Chess

is you. Which is why the president has left Washington (and the debate there) to campaign for reform in 17 states home to moderate and conservative Democrats. Their votes are critical to Obama’s endgame for passing legislation to expand coverage … Continue reading

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Nonviolent Reform

A few months ago, Booman noted the difficulties and complexities of getting health care reform passed. In doing so, he pointed out some inconvenient truths about the process — truths that, upon annoying the lefty ‘sphere with their truthfulness, invoked … Continue reading

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On The Record

The CFPA still isn’t dead, either: The Consumer Financial Protection Agency, a cornerstone of banking reform, won’t go down without a floor flight. Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island, the third-ranking Democrat on the Banking Committee, will introduce an amendment … Continue reading

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Public Option Thriving

As of last night the whip count was 36. The public option won’t die — even when Robert Gibbs deflects the issue — because it is the strongest piece on the 11-Dimensional Chess board. What’s not getting recognized in the … Continue reading

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