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 [...]

Grijalva: Carper’s Triggered Non-Public Non-Option is “Totally Unacceptable”

By: Thursday December 3, 2009 8:40 am

Thomas Carper’s terrible new “alternative” to a public option is not winning over progressives in the House: The new version of the government-run plan, being crafted by Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), fell flat with Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.), the co-chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, who’s led members of Congress who’d previously spoken out against [...]

Even Carper Puts The Burden On Reid For Killing The Public Option

By: Tuesday December 1, 2009 2:25 pm

Thomas Carper (D-DE) is working on his new new new alternative to the public option, which is really an even worse redesign of Snowe’s useless trigger proposal. Carper’s terrible twist is a non-public triggered co-op. The idea is terrible, and is in no way, shape, or form a public option. It is not an alternative [...]

Urban Institute Think Tank Needs More Thinking; Less Being In The Tank

By: Monday November 30, 2009 7:05 am

The Urban Institute has been searving some extra good veal lately. They have a new report out endorsing the idea of a super-hard trigger for a robust Medicare-style public option. While it is theoretically possible to design a “useful” triggered public option, it is also theoretically possible to sway Republican senators to votes for a [...]

Menendez Is Jumping On The Trigger Bandwagon

By: Monday November 23, 2009 12:05 pm caught Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) pushing the trigger: Speaking inside the Hoboken University Medical Center emergency room, Menendez said today a modified public option could draw support from U.S. Sens. Bill [sic - should be Ben] Nelson (D-Neb.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), who announced their opposition to the elements of the bill over the [...]

Is Harry Reid Laying The Ground Work To Betray Progressives For Snowe’s Vote?

By: Friday November 20, 2009 6:45 am

The more I look at the merged Senate bill, the more I’m afraid that Harry Reid might have been laying the ground work to betray progressives on the issue of the public option, and gain the support of Olympia Snowe. Many of Snowe’s top demands managed to make their way into the bill. Harry Reid [...]

Carper Working With Snowe To Bring Back The Trigger

By: Thursday November 19, 2009 3:45 pm

Like a monster in some B horror movie, the trigger is a terrible idea that just will not die. I guess as long as you have a massive heath insurance lobby willing to spend millions to keep your pet creature alive, it will never truly meet its end. Tom Carper is now working with Olympia [...]

Sen. Tom Carper Reinvents the Trigger

By: Wednesday November 18, 2009 4:00 am

Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) reinvented/cribbed/copied Sen. Olympia Snowe’s trigger proposal while hoping no one notices this effort to kill the public option. Could Carper’s former chief of staff and current WellPoint lobbyist be helping?

Carper Thinks We Should Embrace Snowe’s Worthless Trigger

By: Monday November 16, 2009 2:15 pm

Sen. Thomas Carper (D-DE) is well know for his repeated attempts to kill the public option. For months he has been promoting several different terrible “alternatives” he invented. Now Carper thinks Democrats should embrace Olympia Snowe’s worthless trigger proposal. When it comes to the controversial public insurance option, Snowe is a proponent of a “trigger,” [...]

Reid May Pay For Reform With Medicare Payroll Tax On Capital Gains

By: Thursday November 12, 2009 2:30 pm

There is some good news and bad news today on how Harry Reid plans to pay for health care reform. It looks like instead of increasing the Medicare tax for people making over $250,000 (as was reported earlier), Reid is thinking about applying the Medicare tax to those individual’s capital gains. This seems like a [...]