December 14, 2009

AND WHAT ARE THEY KNOWN FOR IF NOT CALM?:

Plenty of NothingHere's what liberals will get instead of a public option: nothing.: They should take it. (Timothy Noah, Dec. 14, 2009, Slate)

Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman's threat to filibuster a health-reform bill that includes a Medicare buy-in, combined with the firm opposition of swing-voting Republican Olympia Snowe and growing dissatisfaction from conservative Democrat Ben Nelson, means that Sen. Harry Reid's public-option compromise is dead before the Congressional Budget Office even has a chance to calculate its cost. The Medicare buy-in was, truth to tell, a more liberal idea than the public option, and if the initial willingness of Lieberman and Nelson to consider it seemed too good to be true, well, that's because it was. (That the Gore-Lieberman ticket endorsed the idea in 2000 was never likely to weigh heavily on Lieberman.)

What, then, will liberals get instead? Uh, nothing. [...]

The task before liberal Democrats, then, is to achieve a Zen-like calm about the empty space where the public option used to be.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 14, 2009 5:29 PM
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