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Harry Reid promises to bring Public Option to a vote in the next few months

Huzzah!

No, not really – but I’m sure that’s the reaction on much of the “progressive” left.  Most of them figure without a public option the chance of actually swinging a government single payer system is a whole lot harder.   With it, they have a pretty good chance.  Harry Reid promises to oblige:

Hoping to assuage progressive Democrats who remain disappointed with the content of the health care reform bill, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) committed on Friday to holding a separate vote on a public option in the coming months.

In a letter to two of his more progressive colleagues in the Senate — Jeff Merkley of Oregon and Bernie Sanders of Vermont — the Nevada Democrat implicitly apologized for his inability to get a government-run insurance plan into the final piece of health care legislation and promised to keep working to get the policy into law.

And don’t expect Mr. Reid to follow the rules of the Senate when he does – oh, no, that day is over apparently (well, except when his party is in the minority again – the caterwauling will be epic).

The search now is for a vehicle outside health care reform to get a public plan into law. The same institutional hurdles that killed the provision in the previous go-rounds — mainly that there aren’t 60 supportive senators to break a filibuster — remain. But aides on the Hill are already looking to future reconciliation vehicles to which they can attach the public plan, which would, in turn, allow for it to pass via an up-or-down vote

Welcome to the world’s largest Banana Republic.

~McQ

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5 Responses to Harry Reid promises to bring Public Option to a vote in the next few months

  • To be honest, Harry Reid can do what he wishes.

    There is going to be a revolt in this country. And the Demmies, and The Clown™, are going to wish that they had never heard of “health care reform,” or any of this crap they are foisting on all of us.

    I do not care if I have to stand in 10 feet of snow naked on election day – I will stand, and I will wait, and I will cast my vote to remove the Demmies from all semblance of power. I eagerly await my turn to do this in seven short months.

  • There is going to be a revolt in this country. And the Demmies, and The Clown™, are going to wish that they had never heard of “health care reform,” or any of this crap they are foisting on all of us.
    I do not care if I have to stand in 10 feet of snow naked on election day – I will stand, and I will wait, and I will cast my vote to remove the Demmies from all semblance of power. I eagerly await my turn to do this in seven short months

    >>>> And as they’ve so far shown, the majority of them simply do not care about electoral defeat, as they’re playing the long game.

    So I pose to you the same question I posed to Looker – how do you propose  to stop them from doing it again, especially the ones is safe seats like Pelosi?

    • Armed revolution?  Or, 3/4 of the states call for a constitutional convention?   Congress has always been very afraid of a Constitutional convention.
      On a more serious note, Pelosi may be in a safe seat (as is Waxman), but, if the Democrats get smoked in this upcoming election, how many of the remaining will be willing to elect her minority leader.  Not many, I expect.  How would she react to being both a “back bencher” and continually being attacked?
       

  • Congress does fear a convention because it knows what the states want. Read the 700 applications from all 50 states at http://www.foavc.org and learn how the states propose to limit the federal government. Then realize all that is needed are 34 state applications. Congress has lied to us for years about a convention. Now people are waking up. No wonder they are afraid.