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Obama Public Option

Matt Osborne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Matt Osborne

The Republican strategy of delay escalated their misfortune; their "tea party" movement is a great, big Teabagger Fail, and the media's credibility is shot right along with them.

Public Option: Progressives Take Aim At Rahm, Demand White House Take A Stronger Stance

The Plum Line | Greg Sargent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In recent weeks, liberal groups have largely refrained from directly pressuring the White House on the public option -- even as there's been lots of g...

Supporting a Robust Public Option

Sen. Arlen Specter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Arlen Specter

The public option will create competition and will help to provide affordable choices for American families. It will also allow us to greatly expand the number of Americans with health insurance, and that is an imperative.

Sam Stein

Gibbs: Obama 'Absolutely' Did Everything To Get Public Option, Despite No Talks With Lieberman | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs insisted once more that President Obama did everything he could to get a public option through the Senate, ev...

Who's Killing the Public Option? President Obama With a Rahm-Bow

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

Those fighting for a "robust" public option need to finally accept the hard truth that Barack Obama is not an ally. He's an obstacle.

The Audacity of Greed

Robert Reich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Reich

Health insurers have just made the best argument yet about why a public insurance option is necessary.

Dana Milbank: Where Is Obama's Backbone?

Washington Post | Dana Milbank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Helen Thomas is 89 years old and requires some assistance to get to and from the daily White House briefing. Yet her backbone has proved stronger than...

Sam Stein

Obama Ally Schweitzer: I Like The Public Option But It's Likely Dead | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Montana Governor and Obama ally Brian Schweitzer acknowledged on Friday that while he supported a public option for health insurance coverage, the pro...

Healthy Reform for America: We Can't Back Down from the Public Option

Manan Trivedi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Manan Trivedi

I currently have seen no other alternative to achieve real cost control and truly provide significant competition to the insurance companies than a strong public option modeled after Medicare.

The Public Option Lives On

Robert Reich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Reich

The public option lives on. It's still in the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pension bill. It still headlines the House bills, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she's still committed to it.

Health Care Reform Is America's Anti-Theft Device

David A. Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David A. Love

Only in America will people justify the continued existence of private health care insurers, and making a buck over what should be the guaranteed right of access to health care.

New DNC Obama Ad: Get "Fired Up" and "Ready To Go" About No Public Option

Jane Hamsher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jane Hamsher

Passing the Baucus bill means stabbing the base in the back and destroying 2010 turnout for the midterms, which is pretty much what NAFTA did in 1994.

Obama Campaign Arm Drops Demand For Public Option

The New Argument | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Organizing for America has dropped the demand for the public option from their open letter to members of Congress. [...] This change confirms Obama's...

The False Premise That Obama Wants A Public Option

John Knefel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Knefel

To assume that Obama wants the public option based only on rhetoric is the height of idiocy. Do we assume a husband loves his wife simply because he says he does, despite years of infidelity?

Admit It: A Robust Public Option Is Dead

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

With a robust public option dead, the only way to prevent a massive Democratic-sponsored bailout of the health care industry is to regulate insurance premiums and put a trigger on individual mandates.

76% Support Restricted Public Option ... Which Is What's in the Bill

Bill Scher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Scher

The majority of the country wants the assurance that there will be healthy public-private competition. What hasn't been made clear is that assurance is already in the bill.

Who will be the Killer D's

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

Obama created the space for the Democrats to work. He outlined a lot of stuff, but did not get specific in the semantics. He opened up the lane once again for prima donna Congresspeople to drive in for the layup.

P.U.B.L.I.C. O.P.T.I.O.N.

Miles J. Zaremski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles J. Zaremski

When Obama spoke of the public option in Congress, he was surely talking about a public health insurance plan, but he was also talking about a concept to keep the insurance industry in check.

Key House Progressives Open To "Trigger" Bargain

Roll Call | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Amid fresh signs that the White House is preparing to back a scaled-down health care overhaul that would only include a public insurance option as a f...

Mr. President, Republicans are Sensing Victory, Because You Won't Fight

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

We need to see President Obama's teeth Wednesday night. I want to know that there is some steel behind the cool facade.

The 3 Lost Lessons of Healthcare History: Will Obama Re-Learn Them in Time?

John Neffinger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Neffinger

The New York Times recently reported that the Obama administration is heeding a list of six lessons from previous efforts to reform health care. Unfortunately, the three most crucial lessons were left off the list.

White House Shifts On Public Health Care Option

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's top political adviser is backing away from having a government health care plan compete against private carriers...

Pelosi Pushes Back: No Public Option, No Bill

Politico | ALEX ISENSTADT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As the White House signals that it is willing to move forward on a health reform plan without a public option, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca.) sent...

Retreat and Surrender

Jane Smiley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jane Smiley

If Obama had organized his cohorts and gone on the offensive and stayed on the offensive from the beginning in the health care debate, he would be winning this battle, not losing it.

Olbermann: Obama Could Face Primary Challenge In 2012 Election If Public Option Is Dropped (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

On Thursday night, MSNBC's Keith Olbermann and Washington Post columnist Gene Robinson discussed the political ramifications for President Obama, incl...