Effectually DOA, and now nailed shut.
"WASHINGTON — Democratic senators say they have a tentative deal to drop a government-run insurance option from health care legislation. No further details were immediately available. But liberals and moderates have been discussing an alternative, including a private insurance arrangement to be supervised by the federal agency that oversees the system through which lawmakers purchase coverage. Additionally, talks centered on opening up Medicare to uninsured Americans beginning at age 55, a significant expansion of the large government health care program that currently serves the over-65 population. Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa told reporters he didn't like the agreement but would support it to the hilt in an attempt to pass health care legislation."Dirty Harry beat feet to the microphones to deny everything...
"Reid said reports the government-run "public option" had been dropped were "not true."Hogwash.
It's DOA, believe it.
This is all smoke and mirrors.
Mark it here there will be no public option or anything like it. That Medicare "buy-in" is a non-starter, and idiotic. The system is broke now, and inviting another ten million to join before their time won't do anything except to hurry the demise.
The majority of Americans are against such a system and Obama's poll numbers are heading south faster than Global Warming science. He, nor the Senate have the political clout now to carry this through, the ides of 2010 approach.
In fact, because a measure to insure a prohibition to public funding on abortion failed today, the entirety of the Senate bill is up in the air. In fact, it's a major can of wup-ass as without it you can kiss Ben Nelson's vote goodbye. He knows he can't support anything that his constituents have repeatedly polled against. It would be suicide.
Also, via The Corner:
"The National Right to Life Commitee (NRLC) has come out against the Reid bill as it now stands, and warns that "a number of pro-life Democrats in the House, who supported passage of health care legislation on November 7, will not vote for the Senate bill in its current form. So, this is a long way from over."
Like I said, it's DOA and likely the bill in it's present form.