List of 'Experts' Who Declared the Public Option Dead
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The "public option" is dead, but birth has been given to the "co-op" by Senator Kent Conrad.
The public option has flat-lined. As for the legislative outlook for health reform, the Senate will approve a bill without the public option. The current House version includes the public option, but I'm not so sure the Blue Dogs will want to walk the plank and vote on a provision that won't become law.
Thomas J. Whalen:
The public option appears deader than the pennant chances of the Kansas City Royals. Nonprofit cooperatives will now take center stage in the health care debate and from the White House's perspective, this may not be such a bad thing.
Sen. Kent Conrad:
In the Senate, the cooperative plan is the only one that has the prospect of getting 60 votes.
"The fact of the matter is there are not the votes in the United States Senate for the public option. There never have been," he said. "So to continue to chase that rabbit I think is just a wasted effort."
One more Conrad, just because I don't like the guy:
"It is very clear that in the United States Senate, the public option does not have the votes," he said. "If we have to get to 60 votes, you cannot get there with public option. That's why I was asked to come up with an alternative."