Sunday, August 16, 2009

Obama Throws Public Option Under Bus

The Obama Administration just blinked. Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary Health and Human Services, said today on CNN's "State of the Union", that the public health care option "is not the essential element" of Obama's proposed health care industry overhaul. "What’s important is choice and competition," the Secretary said. She went on to say the White House is open to the possibility of other health care plans.

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One of those plans has been under consideration in the Senate Finance Committee. It's a plan to form health care co-operatives, health insurance plan networks owned by the customers that would be started with government funds. Senator Kent Conrad(D-ND) explained that under the co-op plan insurance would be sold by consumer-owned nonprofit cooperatives in competition with with private industry, the same way energy and agricultural co-ops function. But again, there's that government interference problem. Private enterprise and individuals could already have done this if government would just get the hell out of the way.

Yesterday, in Grand Junction, CO. Town Hall meeting, Obama covered his ass and stepped back from earlier demands that the public option was what he wanted. "All I'm saying is, though, that the public option, whether we have it or we don't have it, is not the entirety of health care reform... This is just one sliver of it, one aspect of it."

Obamacare backers speaking on the Sunday morning TV talkers also were doing some serious backpedalling:

Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND), member of the Senate Finance Committee, said on "Fox News Sunday", "There are not the votes in the Senate for the public option, there never have been... To continue to chase that rabbit, I think, is just a wasted effort."

Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL), also on "Fox News Sunday," said, "President Obama and his cabinet have read the tea leaves." Americans "don’t want a government-run program." Shelby said the creation of co-ops, albeit with government participation, would be "a step in the right direction."

Senators Arlen Specter (D-PA) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) both appeared on ABC's "This Week" with George Snuffleupagus. Specter, continuing his 'opponents are un-American' leitmotif, said, "... although those people [Americans opposing public option health care] need to be heard and have a right to be heard, that they're not really representative of America, in my opinion. We have to be careful here not to let those town meetings dominate the scene and influence what we do on health policy."

YEAH! Damn those free people who think for themselves! Why don't they just sit down and shut up like Obama told them to do, damn it?! (You Tube)

On the other hand, Orrin Hatch said, "I have to disagree with Arlen that they're not representative of the American people. I think they are. I’ve found people just up in arms everywhere I’ve gone on health care... Eight of ten Americans really want their health insurance coverage they don't want to lose it, In fact, 64% would prefer health insurance to the 19% who say they would like a government plan where the federal government - nameless, faceless bureaucrats - set what the terms and conditions are of our health care system... I don’t want a bunch of nameless, faceless bureaucrats setting health care for my aged citizens in Utah.”




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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

It would be premature to get too giddy. I believe that Obama is still committed to single payer and is going to settle for just getting the camel's nose under the tent. Don

Indigo Red said...

Not giddy, Don. This was not a white flag or trial balloon. It was a white Trojan Horse balloon.

Whether it's called public option or co-op, it's still a power grab and must be stopped. And it's still blinking. By offering up any kind of option to the public option (the old 'option-option' ploy) provides quotes and official names to be used later as hypocracy and wobbly examples. Now the Dems must defend even more taking away from their primary message.

It's part of the disgusting game.