House Dems are bound and determined to make a public option their first priority, and I can understand why. This has been a long time coming and they’re convinced that only the federal government can compete with private industry.
But what she’s missing is the idea that Kent Conrad brought up…which is the public option may not have the votes. So if she pushes through a bill that can’t pass the Senate, could this spell the end of her tenure as the Speaker?
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Thursday dismissed the idea of health-insurance cooperatives as an alternative to a government-sponsored health-care plan.
Asked at her weekly news conference whether she could support non-profit co-ops, Pelosi said, “No, not instead of a public option.” […]
Despite the Senate talks, Pelosi said House Democrats were moving forward with a bill focused on creating a government insurance plan. “In our House, there is strong support for a public option,” she said.
The speaker described the model, saying, “It should be actuarially sound. It should be administratively self-sufficient. It should be a real competitor with the private sector and not have an unfair advantage. When you say the words public option â€” if that is the term we will be using â€” you have to say right next to it, level playing field.”
Still, House Republicans are signaling that they won’t accept any type of health care reform that involves the government…
“I’m opposed to a government option, period,” said Boehner. “Listen, if you like going to the DMV and you think they do a great job, or you like going to the post office and think it’s the most efficient thing you’ve run into, then you’ll love the government-run health-care system that they’re proposing, ’cause that’s basically what you’re gonna have.”
Ahh, the sweet sounds of demagoguery.
This is gonna get ugly.