Perpetuating the public option hoax
There is no public option.
We have been counting votes here on Open Left. With the addition of Senator Inoyue this morning, there are now 25 Senators on the record as favoring passing a public option through reconciliation. Tom Carper is about ready to make it 26. Six are opposed, and six others are likely supporters.
Since there is no proposed legislative language, there is no public option and these Senators have not made any pledge that they can be held accountable for. When you are working for legislation you must first have legislation to work for. That not a single senator has proposed public option language is a strong sign that the whole thing is a wild goose chase.
Now I can see how in January of 2009 people could have fallen for this. After all, we all know that you usually have to start small and work your way to something big, so going after the public option instead of what you really want makes intuitive sense.
But at this late date to continue to lead readers down the garden path is wrong. Just fundamentally wrong. The country wants Medicare for All, only Versailles wants an insurance company bail out. Netroots could be rallying their readers against a monstrous attack on our collective purse to bail out a bunch of parasites with a failing business model. Instead they insist on doing vote counts for mythical legislation.