Report floating around that Democrats have agreed to drop the public option in the current health-care debate:
WASHINGTON — Democratic senators say they have a tentative deal to drop a government-run insurance option from health care legislation. No further details were immediately available.
But liberals and moderates have been discussing an alternative, including a private insurance arrangement to be supervised by the federal agency that oversees the system through which lawmakers purchase coverage. Additionally, talks centered on opening up Medicare to uninsured Americans beginning at age 55, a significant expansion of the large government health care program that currently serves the over-65 population.
Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa told reporters he didn't like the agreement but would support it to the hilt in an attempt to pass health care legislation.--
What is going on here? We're caving in to Republicans who do not want any competition for insurance companies. They don't want any reform or they would have done it during their control of Congress and the White House for so many years.
Even the bi partisan group that came up with the last agreement didn't provide any republicans when it was revealed to the public. It was obvious then as it is now that their dedication to reform is as clear as the blank pages they held up during the presidents State of the Union address.
The public option is an O P T I O N !!! why remove it to get the bill passed?
I have made no secret of the fact that I was a Clinton supporter. But I voted for Obama and have given him the benefit of the doubt. He's only been in office for a few months, not nearly enough time to change 8 years of draconian laws instituted by his predecessor.
However, his recent meeting on the Hill with Democratic leaders must have hinted to this possibility. That is to say he would be okay with them dropping the Public Option.
If this is the case then I am truly disappointed. I still think we would have been better off than had McCain been elected. But now I wonder if we wouldn't have been better off with Hillary Clinton as president.