Monday, September 28, 2009

White House Staffers Telling Insurance Companies Final Bill Won't Include a Public Option

In an earlier post I mentioned how the Republicans have been winning the messaging battle recently and tonight we have yet another example. At a time when Democrats are close getting the 60 votes needed for cloture in the Senate on health care, Rahm Emmanuel is telling people that the public option won't happen in the Senate and other White House staffers are apparently telling the insurance industry that a public option won't be included in the final bill.
Big Pharma and big insurance hate the public insurance option even more than they hate big Medicare discounts. And although the President has sounded as if he would welcome it, political operatives in the White House have quietly reassured the industries that it won't be included in the final bill. At most, the bill would allow the formation of non-profit "cooperatives" that wouldn't have the scale or authority to squeeze the profits of private industry, or a "trigger" that would allow states to form public insurance options eventually if certain goals for cost savings and coverage weren't met.
Now this is part of the reason why it's so easy for the Republicans and insurance companies to control the discussion that's taking place around health care right now. As there are people working hard at the grassroots level to make sure people understand what would go into the bill, you have folks in the White House going around and telling people the exact opposite. This not only takes away credibility from people who support the public option, but it also means that the Republicans messaging is a lot more powerful because their united against any sort of reform -- even if they are spreading lies in order to accomplish their goal.

1 comment:

  1. I'm afraid you are spot on here. Further, when Democrats are afraid to be Democrats we lose to Republicans. People would rather vote for somebody they trust, even if they disagree with that candidate, then vote for somebody whose word means nothing.

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