Monday, October 26, 2009

Healthcare role reversal, healthcare victory

And suddenly, gray political careerist Harry Reid is the staunch defender of progressive policy and Obama, the great progressive hope is the scrimping timid incrementalist pushing lobbyist candy crap, a 'trigger' lobbyist designed to be sure to never be pulled.

How the hell did this happen?

Harry Reid stood up for America today.

He put a public health insurance option in the Senate bill, the merged version of the two health care bills passed out of committee that will now go to the Senate floor for debate, amendments, and passage.

This is a huge victory. Putting the public health insurance option in the Senate bill that goes to the floor makes it much harder to remove later. Opponents will need 60 votes to amend the Senate bill, meaning a high bar will have to be cleared to take out or change the public health insurance option.

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