The strange politics of the public option revival

Trying to figure out the politics of this public option revival has been a bit of a strange experience. On the one hand, momentum seems to be building: The letter asking Reid to run the public option through the reconciliation process has 18 senators attached. Last night, Kathleen Sebelius told Rachel Maddow that if the public option is "part of the decision of the Senate leadership to move forward," then the administration would fight for it. Today, Harry ... Full Story »

Posted by Kaizar Campwala - via NewsRack (Health Care)
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Posted by: Posted by Kaizar Campwala - Feb 19, 2010 - 3:53 PM PST
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Edited by: Samuel W. Velsor IV - Feb 20, 2010 - 1:44 PM PST
Joey Baker
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by Joey Baker - Feb. 20, 2010

Would have been nice to know _who_ was talked to, in order to make the assertion that Dems are ambivalent toward the public option, but overall the piece is well crafted, and probably a good data point.

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Patricia Blochowiak
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by Patricia Blochowiak - Feb. 22, 2010

Vague and not very useful. Could also add that the fight for the public option is being used to support the primary battle of Senate appointee Michael Bennet over an opponent who is apparently polling much better than he is against various potential Republican opponents.

My sense is that this letter regarding the public option is being used by the Obama administration to make the same mistake made when they supported Tammy Duckworth over Chrstine Cegelis. When will they ever learn? Can't they support the public option without making a mess of Democratic politics?

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Jim Lang
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by Jim Lang - Feb. 20, 2010

This is an intriguing piece but it falls into the category of rumors and speculation. Entertaining reading, perhaps, but no weight.

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Samuel W.  Velsor IV
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by Samuel W. Velsor IV - Feb. 20, 2010

Indeed the new lights in the Health Care tunnel are complex and interesting at the same time, and indeed the writer is correct that it is to early to be sure of its outcome. Personally I am hopeful for the Personal Option to become a reality more important though are the improvements in the Medicare Drug Plans as well addressing the Medicare Advantage Plans and most of all getting coverage for the millions who can not afford coverage - after all this is America - which to many of us ... More »

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Kaizar Campwala
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by Kaizar Campwala - Feb. 20, 2010
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Phil Snead
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by Phil Snead - Feb. 22, 2010

Klein makes a brief commentary on the mini-resurgence of the public health care option in the W.H. and on Capitol Hill. He reminds us that the irrational politics of health care will likely defeat the advance of the public option in this case as it did before, despite its apparent popularity with the majority of U.S. voters.

“As of now, the strategy only has 20 or so supporters, and it’ll need at least another 20 or 25 to really be viable. But if it gets there, White House and ... More »

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Robert B. Elliott
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by Robert B. Elliott - Feb. 20, 2010

Ezra Kline never seems to disappoint. I believe he would love to see a public option but he has objectively stated the view from the inside & his insights are provocative. He didn't make a point of how the party of NO has caused this odd state of affairs & refuses to act in good faith & I am a bit less critical of the Democratic cautions but I understand the frustration that is widely felt. I wish he was a bit more optimistic & I am very hopeful myself, despite the obvious uphill battle & spinning clock (& spinning mass media).

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