One step closer.

Monday, October 26th, 2009 @ 6:53 pm | Health Care

However it was done, the public option (with opt-out) is in the bill. Holy smokes.

Harry Reid may have sensed that the only way forward for him was to get strong on a popular bill. If it took an electoral threat to put some steel in his spine, may the GOP try harder every time he’s up for re-election.

More of the usual jiu-jitsu from the WH, trying to swear at the last minute that it was all about the trigger, but Congress boxed him in on the public option! Well, that’s not the official statement, that’s the conveyed image. Obama has been repeatedly open about his desire for a public option, but then all of a sudden he developed a huge crush on Olympia Snowe. That moment of weakness gave some ownership to Congress. Now Baucus is going along, after he was a dramatic foil. It was annoying as fuck, but the bill got out of the Finance Committee.

Whatever the case, here is the bill, and Harry Reid is ready to take on any filibuster attempt. How the hell did that happen?

Oh, wait, yeah…Democrats won in 2008 running on health care. Shh…it’s a conspiracy.

-jb

4 Responses to “One step closer.”

  1. Thomas Tallis Says:

    at the risk of starting a JB attrition comments fiesta, how do you get “WH jiu-jitsu”? The WH was perfectly willing to kill the public option, and Harry Reid showed some stones; that’s the story here. The linked story says as much: Frankly I’m shocked that he stood up to the White House on the public option . Giving the WH credit for the inclusion of the public option is a little it-must-secretly-be-that-the-WH-is-awesome imo

  2. jeromy Says:

    TT: All your base are belong to us. WE’VE GOT YOU SURROUNDED.

    Anyway, the point is that credit is being partially shifted to Congress and Harry Reid. Whether Obama’s gaming it or not, the effect is good.

  3. Thomas Tallis Says:

    Reid v. Lieberman, place yr bets ladies & germs

  4. mike Says:

    Depends on how loud his constituents scream. If they let him know that he’ll be an ex-Senator if he filibusters might change his mind a little. Reid finally turned around and asked himself whether voting no on the public option was worth losing his Senate seat. Lieberman might do the same.