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What would the so-called "public option" look like in practice?

Kip Sullivan asks HCAN employee Jason Rosenbaum some questions on the specifics..

Readers, please check in at the FDL link above to see whether Jason's boss lets him answer. It's important to ask "what does success look like"? Public option advocates have always focused on the semantics: Getting the phrase "public option" into a bill. Single payer advocates, by contrast, focus on whether the policy will actually work, and what the experience will be like for the 5% or so of the population that will actually use it.

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Submitted by DCblogger on

and one the public option please crowd has never been willing to ask. If a bad bill is passed it isn't just the Democrats who will lose credibility, it is also the progressive bloggers who helped sell the nation on this bill of goods.

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Submitted by michaelwb on

Well here's Obama's next speechifying (Man it just writes itself) based on a letter he got from a little girl named Virginia:

"DEAR President Obama: I am 8 years old.
"Some of my little friends say there is no Public Option.
"Papa says, 'If you see it in THE SUN it's so.'
"Please tell me the truth; is there a Public Option?

"VIRGINIA O'HANLON.
"115 WEST NINETY-FIFTH STREET."

VIRGINIA, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except [what] they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men's or children's, are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.

Yes, VIRGINIA, there is a Public Option. It exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Public Option. It would be as dreary as if there were no VIRGINIAS. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.

But sometimes you have to grow up and stop believing in mythical things like unicorns and public options...

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Submitted by dblhelix on

Joe Lieberman has announced he will filibuster the Reid PO w/ the GOP.

LOL, bring on the triggers ...