Archive for October 20th, 2009

The Anti-Reid?

Well, this is certainly refreshing, and the exact opposite of Harry Reid’s usual modus operandi.  But I repeat myself.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has chosen to put the public option favored by the liberal wing of her party in the healthcare bill that goes to the House floor, pending agreement later Tuesday night by the full caucus, according to two House sources.

Leaders are planning to roll out the bill next week, and are hoping to vote the first week in November.

The plan, called the “robust” option or “Medicare Plus 5” in the jargon that has emerged on Capitol Hill, ties provider reimbursement rates to Medicare, adding 5 percent.


Pelosi has been pressing members to support the more liberal option, or at least to give a definitive answer on their positions.

Yep, this sure would be nice to see in the Senate.

1 comment October 20th, 2009 at 09:38pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Healthcare,Politics

Penultimate La Jolla Surfer Photoblogging

Okay, I think I have maybe one more post worth of surfer photos after this one, if that. I really need to get back to work on processing the Torrey Pines shots now…

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2 comments October 20th, 2009 at 11:21am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: La Jolla/San Diego,Photoblogging

Who Knew Americans Were So Uncivil?

This is probably not a surprise to anyone but the media, the Democrats, and the Obama White House:

The new Washington Post poll finally asks people about their cravings for bipartisanship in the right way, and its finding really challenges the conventional wisdom that people want bipartisan health care compromise at all costs.

Specifically: A majority wants a Dem-only bill rather than a bipartisan one if the Dem-only one includes a public insurance option and the bipartisan one doesn’t. A majority of Independents wants the same. From the internals:

Which of these would you prefer –- (a plan that includes some form of government-sponsored health insurance for people who can’t get affordable private insurance, but is approved without support from Republicans in Congress); or

(a plan that is approved with support from Republicans in Congress, but does not include any form of government-sponsored health insurance for people who can’t get affordable private insurance)?

Prefer government-sponsored insurance: 51%

Prefer Republican support: 37%


Again: Other public polls have offered respondents a straight choice — do they want a partisan bill or a bipartisan one — without explaining that winning over GOP support has actual policy consequences for the final bill that they might not like.

When this is explained clearly — and the WaPo framing is a far more accurate depiction of the choice the public and lawmakers face — a majority wants the partisan, Dem-only bill with the public option. Indeed, a majority wants the public option more than they want bipartisanship for its own sake. Okay?

Amazing.  A majority of Americans would rather have a “partisan” bill than an ineffectual shitty bill that only helps insurance companies.  No one could have anticipated.

Now the question is whether anyone’s listening, or if an ineffectual shitty bill that only helps insurance companies was the goal all along and “bipartisanship” was simply the excuse for achieving it.

October 20th, 2009 at 07:16am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Healthcare,Media,Politics,Polls

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