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By Ben Pershing
What is Harry Reid thinking?

Even in normal times, it's a common question, as the Majority Leader's ability to schedule bills on the Senate floor puts him at the fulcrum of every major legislative fight in Washington. And these aren't normal times, with the health-care debate concentrating an enormous amount of attention on the decisions being made inside his suite on the second floor of the Capitol. Reid's announcement Monday that he will include a public insurance option in the Senate health-care bill, a switch from where the Nevadan seemed to stand just a few weeks ago, sparked a host of theories on what really motivated his move:

It's about Nevada. This is the easy play -- of course it's about Nevada. Reid has a genuinely tough reelection fight in 2010, and every thing he does over the next year must be seen through that prism. Without the strong backing of unions and Democratic activists that helped President Obama win the state in 2008, Reid can't win. Dana Milbank writes: "As Democratic aides described it, the moment had less to do with health-care policy than with Nevada politics -- and one vulnerable senator's justifiable fear of liberal anger." The New York Times reports that "Reid's decision was acclaimed by liberal organizations like MoveOn, Families USA and Health Care for America Now." The Las Vegas Sun portrays Reid's move as a shrewd one, noting a Research 2000 poll that found 54 percent of Nevadans support a public option (described as "something like the Medicare coverage that people 65 and older get.") The same survey put Reid's favorable rating at just 35 percent and had him trailing both major GOP opponents, a reminder that the incumbent had to do something to change the dynamics of the race.

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Posted at 8:30 AM ET on Oct 27, 2009  | Category:  The Rundown
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Harry Reid has committed to a public option but. along comes the Democrat who was never a democrat, Joe Lieberman. This unprecedented political prostitute has once again indicated that he will vote with republicans, this time to support a filibuster. He should have been stripped of all party authority back when he was campaigning against Obama. This is how this treacherous insurance corporation Shylock is making sure that they get their pound of our flesh. I am ashamed of Connecticut for ever electing this filth of a senator who has poisoned the state's democratic traditions and who will now, by himself, stand against the health and well being of our American people.

Posted by: seemstome | October 27, 2009 10:00 PM

After all of this time and trouble they want to give the states the final word? You must be joking. How many states have Jethro at the helm, well paid for by the insurance companies?
We need the public option, without the "opt out" which is little more than a sell out.
Volume buying and elimination of the middleman is a no-brainer for this problem. How else are we going to rid ourselves of 5,000.00 injections and 35.00 aspirin?
If your reps want an opt out, opt them out on election day. Research and vote as if your life depended on it. It probably does.

Posted by: ThePoliticalStraycom | October 27, 2009 5:52 PM

This is not going to make Harry Reid more or less popular in Nevada. Polls show him with an approval rate in the high thirties and trailing several prospective GOP opponents.

But he does have $27 million in his coffers and he is already running ads even though the election is almost a year away. The money he will spend on the campaign may not make him more popular but it can sure make his opponents less popular.

Posted by: danielhancock | October 27, 2009 1:58 PM

Health insurance is a serious issue for most Americans, and to see how the Democrats are "playing" us, really pisses me off. We need Solutions - not Politics!
The conservatives solutions of 1) "true" competition by allowing us to by across state lines 2) torte reform; etc. are
"real solutions". However, we need to throw the Democrats out of office for playing games with us! This is not a game.

Posted by: ohioan | October 27, 2009 12:53 PM

There is more to Reid than I can fully comprehend.

But thinking Nevada or not, experience drives his moves. Reid will survive and so will a bill on reform that speaks to the needs of the majority.

Posted by: Victoria5 | October 27, 2009 11:25 AM

Health care reform a cruel joke to targets of an American genocide



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 federal bureaucracy -- 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, or via cell phones -- the electronic backbone of an American Gestapo now operating on YOUR watch. OR (if link is corrupted/disabled): RE: "GESTAPO USA"

Posted by: scrivener50 | October 27, 2009 10:02 AM

I really want to know if my state "opts out" of this plan, will I still be taxed to pay into the plan for others?

How many of these turkeys can we vote out this year? It is past time. Let's get them ALL out of there and then impose term limits so they can do the job and then go home rather than always be on the verge of running again. Also on my wish list is tort reform - that would reduce the heck out of the cost of health care. While I am dreaming, if we privatized everything, most sectors would begin to show profit rather than incredible deficits.

Posted by: jaded5 | October 27, 2009 9:22 AM

Dirty Harry will disappear. With his proposal to tax the health insurance benefits of unionized laborers, Reid cannot count on unions anymore. Other Nevadans dislike him because of his lock-step walk with the Witch of the House. Cook that old goose, he's done

Posted by: sperrico | October 27, 2009 9:18 AM

"" ..of course it's about Nevada. Reid has a genuinely tough reelection fight in 2010, and ...""

I, for one hope Harry goes away just like Daschle did ,, oh wait isn't (can't drive myself) Tom one of the main health care "advisors" to B.O. ?? it just gets better and better around here...

Posted by: robof4 | October 27, 2009 9:13 AM

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