Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Dems Agree to Drop Public Option

WASHINGTON — Democratic senators say they have a tentative deal to drop a government-run insurance option from health care legislation. No further details were immediately available.

But liberals and moderates have been discussing an alternative, including a private insurance arrangement to be supervised by the federal agency that oversees the system through which lawmakers purchase coverage. Additionally, talks centered on opening up Medicare to uninsured Americans beginning at age 55, a significant expansion of the large government health care program that currently serves the over-65 population.

Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa told reporters he didn't like the agreement but would support it to the hilt in an attempt to pass health care legislation.

Abortion funding is still in it though, with only a vote of 54-45 to make greater restrictions. If the Democrats did get rid of abortion in this health care bill, there may be possible bi-partisan support. Although having the government "supervise" private insurance, is not a welcoming though. The House Bill said that the government can ask insurance agencies hand over all contact information in the name of Health Care and they have to do it. Sounds like government take over to me.

1 comment:

  1. The public option is obviously as dead as a doornail. My advice to the progressives is to take what they can get now.

    I don't know what kind of health care reform will come out of this session, but I strongly suspect it won't be much. There is, however a silver lining behind this very dark cloud. I am reminded of the Civil Rights Act of 1957. Don't be embarrassed if you've never heard of it, there really isn't a hell of a lot to remember about it; a mere pittance, really - a scrap of leftovers tossed out to "American Negros" (in the parlance of the age) in order to appease them. But it made the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 - the one we remember - all the more easier seven years later.

    We'll live to fight another day.


    Tom Degan


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