Why is HCAN praising Reid for saying "The Bill" will include a "Public Option"?
In order of appearance:
ACTION: Senator Reid does the American thing, puts a public option in the Senate bill. Support him, by Jason Rosenbaum (aka HCAN employee, aka I’m proud to work for Health Care for America Now).
Link included to sign "thank you to Sen Reid".
FDL Action post
Excitement over Public Option in Senate Health Bill Leads to Premature Congratulations, by Jane Hamsher
I know it’s fun to get he pom-poms out, but what exactly is everyone celebrating?
[snip]Health Care for America Now was championing Reid for “standing up” and doing the right thing, collecting more than 20,000 signatures on a thank-you petition to the leader.
[snip]If veal pen orgs enjoy the role of being toadies to the party, I guess everyone needs a hobby. But I question the wisdom of switching tactics and heaping praise on Reid for maybe doing something he gives only the vaguest details about. Perhaps articulating what they expect to see in the final bill such that he deserves praise (for) might be more appropriate for a progressive organization advocating for health care reform.
Maybe it's simply the details of the "opt-out" Jane is asking for:
Reid hasn’t said what this “opt-out” will include
But, I read this as a more general call for details on Reid's "Public Option" that is being celebrated by HCAN and HCAN blogger Jason Rosenbaum here, in a post that includes the full text of Reid's statement. Reid snippet:
As we've gone through this process, I've concluded, with the support of the White House and Senators Baucus and Dodd, that the best way forward is to include a public option with an opt-out provision for states.
Under this concept, states will be able to determine whether the public option works well for them and will have the ability to opt-out.
I believe that a public option can achieve the goal of bringing meaningful reform to our broken system. It will protect consumers, keep insurers honest and ensure competition and that's why we intend to include it on the bill that will be submitted to the Senate for consideration.
My reading is that Jane is saying "why should HCAN and others celebrate when the details of Reid's "public option aren't given? We need to know the details"
HCAN has been notoriously resistant to providing "details" as to what a "public option" should comprise, what would make a "public option" worth celebrating.
This is clear once again in the Seminal diary linked above, where Kip Sullivan asks Jason Rosenbaum (HCAN employee) to explain the details of how he envisions a Public Option working. Kip lays out one scenario, and then asks Jason at the end: "Is this the process you envision?"
Jason Rosenbaum responds to Kip Sullivan:
"Sorry Kip, not interested (in discussing details)."
Does this fall into the category of "truer words were never spoken"?