Liberals Help Rahm and Blue Dogs Off the Hook With “Opt-Out”

By: Friday October 9, 2009 7:29 am

Democrats once again are negotiating with themselves.  And who pays the price for this convenient piece of political calculus if they turn out to be wrong and insurance industry money is successful in getting red states like yours to opt out of a public option?  Well, Rikyrah over at Jack & Jill Politics gives us a pretty good idea.

Bingaman: Carper’s State-Based Public Option “Compromise” is Not a Plan, It’s the Status Quo

By: Friday October 9, 2009 7:26 am

Last week a one-page plan from Sen. Carper was being circulated around the Senate. His public option “compromise” was to “let” states set up very weak, highly restricted, state-based public options if they wanted to. The problem is that this is not compromise. Any state could technically set up a public option right now if [...]

Worse Than Nothing: Carper’s “Alternative”

By: Thursday October 1, 2009 3:32 pm

Since I got my hands on the one-page document outlining Carper’s weird hybrid “alternative,” I’ve had a chance to study the proposal in greater detail. After careful examination, I’ve determined that it would literally be worse than nothing. As I see it, there is currently nothing legally preventing the states from implementing any of the [...]

Carper’s New “Alternative” Released

By: Thursday October 1, 2009 1:51 pm

Carper’s one-page document explaining his new strange hybrid “alternative” idea has been published by Politico. According to the document, states would have the option of implementing one of the following: 1. Participate as grantees in the CO-OP program and apply for seed funding. 2. Open up that state’s employee benefits plan. 3. Create a state [...]

Carper’s Trigger: An Idea Goes from Bad to Worse

By: Thursday October 1, 2009 7:04 am

Yesterday, I wrote about the terrible idea Sen. Carper has been trying to sell as an “alternative” to the public option. Thanks to a report from Politico it appears that the idea is even worse than I first thought. Carper’s proposal would leave decisions and solutions up to the states. While Snowe’s amendment sets only [...]

Carper’s Brand New “Alternative” To The Public Option

By: Wednesday September 30, 2009 7:55 am

Politico is reporting that Sen. Thomas Carper (D-DE) has a brand spanking new “alternative” to the public option that he has been secretly shopping around the senate. Carper suggests giving states the option of creating a competitor to private insurers, which could include a government plan, a network of co-ops, or a large purchasing pool [...]

Prospects For a Public Option From the Senate Finance Committee

By: Friday September 25, 2009 11:28 am

There are 13 Democrats and 10 Republicans on the committee, which means they can only lose 2 Democratic votes and still pass the amendment. So in order for a public plan to come out of Finance, 3 of these are going to have to get off the fence.

Baucus, Menendez, and Carper Vote to Defend PhRMA Deal

By: Thursday September 24, 2009 10:15 am

Sen. Bill Nelson proposed an amendment which would fill the Medicare part D dough nut hole. He would pay for the change by making the pharmaceutical industry pay a rebate for the overcharging of dual eligible Medicare/Medicaid seniors. The amendment would fully cover the cost of filling the donut hole and provide an additional $50 [...]

Carper Publicly Defends Secret PhRMA Deal In Exchange For Support Ads

By: Wednesday September 23, 2009 7:53 am

In a stunning moment during the Senate Finance Committee markup Sen. Tom Carper defended a secret deal that the White House, Baucus, and PhRMA had reached. The White House has long denied the deal. Carper publicly acknowledges that part of the deal was that PhRMA would run millions of dollars worth of campaign ads in support of health care reform.

According to Carper the “golden rule” in Congress is that secret back room deals in exchange for advertising buys must be honored.