May 24, 2013
Obama Pressures Senate on Public Option
Posted on Oct 5, 2009
Like a reluctant Sisyphus, the president is still pushing the public option up Capitol Hill. According to a report in the L.A. Times, Obama has been trying to sell moderate Democrats on the idea. That’s no easy task, as many have taken gobs of money from the private health industry and coincidentally oppose meaningful reform.
We all know by now about Max Baucus, the Finance Committee chairman, who has consistently managed to block the public option while raising millions from the health industry.
You know you’re in trouble when it turns out that Charles Schumer, the New York senator who appears to be on board, raised more money from HMOs this term than any other senator. Should he get the benefit of the doubt? Not when he’s already proved to be such a reliable proxy for his Wall Street patrons.
Make no mistake, this is about political contributions, not angry voters in conservative districts. Sen. Richard Durbin made the point to his colleagues, as reported by the L.A. Times below: As long as Americans are going to be made to buy insurance, as the Baucus plan mandates, they want a public option. —PS
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