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• Nate Silver builds a model showing the connection between insurance company money and a senator's stance on the public option.

You be Obama.

By Ezra Klein  |  June 22, 2009; 6:37 PM ET
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Just noticed Garnce is working for WaPo now, too. Damn, do all of the editors of "American Prospect" just wait for their chance to get a job at corporate media? And do you all have to go through obligatory brainwashing to get accepted??

Sry, Ezra, I know that's unfair, but I'm drunk and the degree at which people adjust to their new employer just p***es me off! I managed to keep my last job for five years despite being outspoken, and even though I have to get along with less money now, at least I still have my dignity...

Posted by: Gray62 | June 22, 2009 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Nate Silver and Public Option in the Senate: I guess it's good to know that the health insurance industry has only purchased and owns about 10% of the US Senate. So, since 10 more seats for the pro-public-option in 2010 seems unlikely, Nate's numbers seem to indicate that the Dems can pass a public option (a) if they use budget reconciliation and only need 50 Senators (instead of the 60 they will likely have by the fall), or (b) Obama learns how to play LBJ and puts some Senatorial arms in plaster casts before the vote. With public support for the option currently polling at around 70%, I guess it is unreasonable to expect that the Senate would disregard their campaign contributors to actually reflect what is needed for real reform and what the public supports.

Posted by: JimPortlandOR | June 22, 2009 9:30 PM | Report abuse

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