Sunday, August 16, 2009

The Public Option Meets The Death Panel

ObamaCare may have suffered another major blow. Today on Fox News Sunday, Senator Kent Conrad D-ND began playing Taps for the Public Option:

WASHINGTON (CNN) — A key Senate negotiator said Sunday that President Barack Obama should drop his push for a government-funded public health insurance option because the Senate will never pass it.

Democratic Sen. Kent Conrad of North Dakota said it was futile to continue to "chase that rabbit" due to the lack of 60 Senate votes needed to overcome a filibuster.

"The fact of the matter is there are not the votes in the United States Senate for a public option. There never have been," Conrad said on "FOX News Sunday."

For Obama and his progressive supporters, the Public Option is the whole reason for doing health care reform. It is suppose to act as the gateway to their Nirvana…a single payer system. Should Obama fail to deliver a Public Option, he will loose a lot of hard left support and those are the folks who did all of the grunt work to get him elected.

Obama also has two other problems if he caves on the Public Option.

  1. Dem infighting. The hard left will lash out at moderate Dems for killing the dream. Moderate Dems will feel free to defy Obama anytime he does not have public support.
  2. A clear victory for the Silent Majority. Should the true guts of ObamaCare fail, the Silent Majority will be more embolden with their activism. They may even try to bring an end to any all Washington spending or force Obama to govern from the center like he promised.
Via: CNN


Opus #6 said...

I sure hope they drop this public option madness.

Clifton B said...

Opus #6:

I think Sebelius' remarks was a trial balloon to see if they could back out of the public option.

Boy Named Sous said...

Killing the public option is not enough. They've brought up HEalth Care, it's time to stick to our guns about what really needs to be done: Tort reform, more PRIVATE options, out-of-state insurance sale, less regulation of policy content. LESS government interference, not more. They came out swinging, we blocked their punched, they threatened to "ounch harder" (but all they're in a position to do is throw inaccurate haymakers), now they're backing towards the ropes. Time to step in and keep slugging away.

Clifton B said...


You are so right. The Dems will simply trim ObamaCare to fit and leave enough of it as a spring board to try again. That bill has to die and we need to salt its corpse to make sure it or anything like it ever comes up again.

madmath1 said...

What more, this will be the first time in Obama's life that 1, he suffered a political defeat, and 2, someone (in this case the American people) have actually said NO! to him. His reaction will prove to be telling, but most likely he'll cry and pout and put the fear of God into the liberals and have them avoid him like the plague. The senate has too much to lose with what, 15, democrats coming up for election net year. That would turn the balance over to the Republicans and be a major victory against him putting any more racist radicals on the court. Keep up the fight folks, we're on the verge of a great victory, but an animal is at its most dangerous when it's cornered.

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