The Public Option “Deal” That Does Not Sound Like It Is Even A Deal Yet

By: Wednesday December 9, 2009 9:09 am

Last night, Harry Reid announced that there would be tentative deal (or deals) on the public option. The deal has not been scored by the CBO and, in fact, the deal may only be a deal on what ideas they will have the CBO score, so that they then can than use that information to [...]

What The Senate Bill Does Better, Part 2: Cantwell’s Basic Health Program

By: Tuesday November 24, 2009 12:02 pm

Cantwell’s “basic health program” (section 1331 page 210) is one of the better ideas found in the Senate bill but not in the House bill. I support the basic health plan not because I’m a huge fan of the idea, but simply because I know the idea can work. It is clearly better than putting [...]

Mark Warner: The Current Health Care System Is Falling Apart, But I Don’t Have Any Real Solutions

By: Tuesday November 10, 2009 2:06 pm

The Washington Times has a story about Mark Warner addressing one of the biggest unspoken problems in the health care reform debate. “I wish the president would have started the debate by explaining to the American people that our current health care system is not financially sustainable, for even another decade,” Mr. Warner said. “Driving [...]

Snowe’s War On States’ Rights In The Health Care Debate

By: Friday October 23, 2009 1:51 pm

For a Republican, Olympia Snowe seems to have a real disdain for states’ rights when it comes to health care reform. At every turn she has been trying to take power away from the states and give it to the federal government. She has been one of the biggest supporters of the “national plans” strongly [...]

Good Day For Baucus, Bad Day For Real Reform

By: Tuesday October 13, 2009 1:25 pm

I’m sure Chairman Baucus, Senate Majority Leader Reid, and President Obama are all pleased that Republican senator Olympia Snowe voted for the Baucus bill in committee. Their goals have long been to pass anything they could slap the label “health care reform” on and declare victory. Sadly, Snowe’s support could signal a bad day for [...]

Media Falsely Equates Cantwell’s Amendment with Public Option

By: Wednesday October 7, 2009 9:45 am

Last week, Think Progress wrote a piece about how the media was falsely equating Cantwell’s “basic health plan” amendment with a public option. Since then, the problem continues to persist, so I think it needs to be addressed again. Politico has repeatedly referred to her amendment as a public option alternative, “quasi state-based public option,” [...]

Countdown to Lieberman

By: Monday October 5, 2009 7:10 am

The best model, the safest model (relatively speaking) for the White House to get rid of a public option is one of distributed responsibility. Some group (say, a “gang”) stepping forward to announce that they have arrived at a solution that everyone can live with, some abomination that makes the insurance companies happy and has some code language in there for “triggers.” They’ll present it as a “solution,” and won’t mention that the “problem” only exists because they’re willing to join with the GOP in a filibuster but won’t say so.

That camera hog Lieberman has been awfully quiet lately. Wonder if the President has been calling him and twisting his arm?

Did Obama Ask Sen. Cantwell To Mislead You?

By: Monday October 5, 2009 6:49 am

Since last Thursday when Sen. Cantwell started calling her “basic health plan” proposal a “public plan,” I have been very troubled. Unfortunately, several media outlets have uncritically repeated her claim that it is a public option. I don’t dislike Cantwell’s basic health amendment. In fact, I think it has some merit even if it is [...]

Obama Passes the Public Option Hot Potato

By: Sunday October 4, 2009 11:46 am

Looks like the President is desperate to get out from under the burden of disappointing the country by failing to follow through on his campaign promises for a public option

Cantwell Vs. Baucus: Battle of the Exchanges

By: Friday October 2, 2009 6:11 am

As I get more information about Cantwell’s “basic health plan” amendment the more I like it. (The modified amendment is available here.) I really wish Cantwell would stop calling it a public option. It is not a public option. I think it is an idea which should be debated on its own merits and not [...]