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Public option: Back from the dead?

By Ben Pershing
Everyone loves a good comeback story.

The public insurance option, the inclusion of which in a final reform plan appeared highly unlikely a month ago, now looks like a decent bet to pass in some form. The House is certain to include a version of the public option in its bill, while in the Senate, the Washington Post writes, Harry Reid "was increasingly leaning toward the idea of including a version of a public insurance option, albeit one that would allow states to opt out of such a system, in the chamber's bill." In a blog post titled, "Public Option: It's Back."Jonathan Karl reports, "Reid is now convinced that Democratic critics of the public option will support him when it counts - on the procedural motion, which requires 60 votes, to defeat a certain GOP-led filibuster of the bill."

The public option may be back from the dead, but it's still in intensive care. The move to include the provision may cost Reid the support of Olympia Snowe, who emphasized in an interview with Al Hunt that she remains opposed to including the public plan and that the reform bill could slip into 2010. ""Christmas might be too soon," she said. "We should give it the time it deserves." The Hill has several other senators predicting the "reform debate will be pushed deep into December and possibly beyond." The New York Times calls Reid's decision "a calculated gamble" that "was shaped, in part, by opinion polls showing public support for a government insurance plan." Despite the debate over the phrasing of poll questions, nearly every survey of the question has shown majority support for the public option, but support in polls doesn't necessarily translate to 60 votes in the Senate.

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Posted at 8:18 AM ET on Oct 23, 2009  | Category:  The Rundown
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Mr. Pershing - thank you for being more clear in your attributions.

Posted by: JohnQuimby | October 25, 2009 1:23 AM

The Public Option Never was dead if you followed it well enough. What happened is people started listening to the bought off nay-saying media trying to pump that "perception is reality crap" on the public. Over 3/4 of the Media have made poor inaccurate assumptions when reporting on this issue.

Posted by: drtodd1977 | October 23, 2009 3:15 PM

The MSM is the only reason that the public option was declared dead. It is hard to get informed opinion. It is not a problem specific to Fox.

Posted by: Gator-ron | October 23, 2009 1:42 PM

Snow Job says, "(She)remains opposed to including the public plan and that the reform bill could slip into 2010. ""Christmas might be too soon,"
Sixty Christmases have come and gone and still the Senate Scrooges want to "wait".
They really want to kill the bill so that they can "decrease the surplus population"
They will desert their insurance corporation friends if we call them enough, email them enough and call their peers, our own senators, who will not want to face this failure in the next election.
We have suffered long enough. It's time to hold their feet to the fire.

Posted by: seemstome | October 23, 2009 10:38 AM

THIS Is the "Public Option" Already in Force By Extremists Within Federal Agencies...



Thousands of unjustly targeted Americans are being damaged by the devastating physiological effects of being silently irradiated by microwave and laser radiation "directed energy weapons"...

...the weaponization of the electromagnetic spectrum, a silent "final solution" that may have the nation's political leadership in its ideological cross-hairs.

This technology is capable of altering moods, emotions, inducing fatigue, weakness, exhaustion, confusion, life-altering injury, disease and a slow-kill death.

And key elements of the Obama administration -- chief among them the defense/security/intel establishment -- are proliferating these technologies by various modalities, reported to include terrestrial and satellite electromagnetic microwave/laser emissions -- in one iteration, disguised as cell towers.

American citizens and families targeted by this covert torture matrix also are subject to financial sabotage that decimates their livelihoods and financial resources...

...and relentless "community stalking" -- harassment, surreptitious home entries and vandalism by government-enabled vigilantes affiliated with federally-funded community policing and anti-terrorism organizations.

Warrantless, covert placement of GPS tracking devices and misuse of cell phone technology to hunt down the unjustly targeted enables this grassroots terrorism.

But the Obama administration continues to allow these warrantless intrusions into the lives of unjustly targeted American families.

By its naivete -- its unquestioning rubber-stamp approval of the deployment of these destructive technologies and programs -- the Obama administration risks presiding over the destruction of democracy, the rule of law, and personal liberty.


BAN the use of microwave/laser directed energy weapons on U.S. citizens or any human being as cruel and unusual and a crime against humanity.

BAN the warrantless tracking of individuals with GPS devices on cellphones -- the electronic backbone of an American Gestapo now operating on YOUR watch.

The bureaucratic saboteurs and Dr. Strangeloves behind these multi-agency crimes against humanity and the Constitution must be removed from power, immediately, before this silent genocide claims more victims -- endangering the Obama presidency while making a mockery of the rule of law.

OR (if link is corrupted/disabled): RE: "GESTAPO USA"

Posted by: scrivener50 | October 23, 2009 9:43 AM

The battle moves onto the next level. See “Healthcare Fighting (Kung Fu Mix)” at

Posted by: thincaboutit | October 23, 2009 9:20 AM

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