The Public Option Trojan Pony Rides Again
First a flashback from Robert Parry:
However, the fear of the insurance industry and parts of the medical establishment, such as the American Medical Association, is that so many Americans are so dissatisfied with how they’ve been treated by insurers and hospitals that they would flee to almost any public plan, voting with their pocketbooks and their health in a way that might lead to a de facto single-payer system eventually.
In other words, from AHIP's point of view, there was never any difference between Medicare for All and some sort of genuine public option.
Kip Sullivan has documented in parts one, two, three, four, five, and six, that the public option was a cynical talking point developed by Celinda Lake and the Herndon Alliance to divert progressives away from Medicare for All. To this day neither, Hamsher, Sirota, nor any other HCAN't blogger has addressed the points Kip raises in his series.
After the failure of the public option, I think they owe Kip Sullivan and the rest of us an explanation for why the rest of us should take them seriously.