The goal posts have moved on the public option
Brian Beutler caught up with Sen. Ben Nelson to ask about new poll numbers showing that not only is the public option popular, but a partisan bill with a public option is more popular than a bipartisan bill without one. In response, Nelson averred that there's even more support for a public option that allows states to opt out. "There's support for public option generally, generically," he admitted. "When you start talking about it specifically as it relates to states being able to opt out or opt in, have their own, the support overwhelmingly goes up to 76 percent."
That may well be true (I'm not sure if I've seen poll numbers on the subject), but the fact that Nelson's position has become "states can opt out of the public option" rather than "no public option at all" suggests the goal posts on this are moving, and rapidly. Shailagh Murray and Lori Montgomery have more.
October 21, 2009; 10:41 AM ET
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