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Obama Public Option

Why We're Breaking With the Blue Dogs on the Public Option

Jane Harman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jane Harman

We understand the fear of many insured Californians that health care reform will revoke their current doctors and coverage. But the grim reality is that many more insured people will lose their coverage without reform.

The Democrats' Authoritarian Health "Reform" Bill and the Ascendency of Corporatism in the Democratic Party

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

From the moment he was elected, Obama has governed not as a progressive liberal but as a corporatist liberal. Progressive liberals hoped Obama would be like FDR. Instead, he's been like Bill Clinton on steroids.

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.

Jay Rockefeller: White House Approach To Public Option "Difficult To Fathom"

Talking Points Memo | Brian Beutler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

I just spoke with Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), who had a bit of a fractured take on the current state of the public option. He took issue with the Pre...

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

Separated at Birth? Arnold Schwarzenegger and Senator Blanche Lincoln

Katie Halper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Katie Halper

Democratic Senator Blanche Lincoln and Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger may not be in the same political party, but they're in the same camp when it comes to opposing health care.

Is It Time for the President to Reject Health Care Reform?

Carl Jeffers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carl Jeffers

A good president will compromise on government options in health care reform. But if you are or want to be a great president, President Obama, you will look at the bastardized bill that will pass and say, "No."

The "Public" Means "We The People," Not Communism, Fascism or Socialism

Benjamin R. Barber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Benjamin R. Barber

With little resistance, the American public and the American President have allowed the term public to be hijacked and turned into a dirty word.