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.