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The Public Option Trojan Pony Rides Again

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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.

Even now, at this late date Jane Hamsher and Dave Sirota are pushing the public option Trojan pony.

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.

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Submitted by letsgetitdone on

I keep asking Jane why she doesn't forget the PO and just go to Medicare for All, but I never get any answers either from Jane or Jon Walker or DDay. I think they still think it's a mark of sophistication and "realism" to be pushing for the PO. If you ask me; they're plain nuts.

It would be so much easier to get a Medicare buy-in along with some Medicare expansion through. They could still do it under reconciliation if they weren't so gutless.

Submitted by lambert on


When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth...

Submitted by hipparchia on

this comment by jason says it all:

Almost done! Then on to improving this, likely a fight to last the rest of our lives.

it's the health care advocates permanent employment act. we can't fix health care yet, think of all the professional activists who would be out of work!