Assigned Reading: Worse Than The Public Option
(FROM: The Wall Street Journal)
Over the weekend and throughout the Sunday shows, the mainstream media is going to tell America that the so-called “public option” is gone from Harry Reid’s Senate bill, that expanding Medicare eligiblity by a decade is somehow fiscally responsible, and that the Democrats’ brand of health care reform is now suddenly palatable. This editorial makes some excellent points about those assertions.
Here’s an excerpt, but please read the piece in its entirety:
This last-minute, back-room ploy shows again that Democrats are simply winging it as they rush to pass something—anything—that can get 60 votes by Christmas. President Obama praised the proposal as “a creative new framework,” while Finance Chairman Max Baucus told the Washington Post, “If there’s 60 Senators who can reach agreement, I’m for it.” Now there’s a model standard to use for reordering 17% of the U.S. economy.
The latest polls show public support for the Senate plan falling into the mid-30%-range. The remaining supporters must not be paying attention.