Mission Accomplished!

4 comments December 9th, 2009at 07:22am Posted by Eli

Potemkin Public Option achieved!

Now to ram it through the House as is without any chance to fix it in committee!

The only silver lining I can see here is that the Senate version at least doesn’t eliminate insurance coverage for abortion (then again, since it doesn’t have a public option, I guess it would be immune to the Stupak Amendment anyway).

Once again, the public option’s survival comes down to the House progressives’ willingness to hold firm on their promise to vote against any healthcare reform bill that doesn’t have one.

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Healthcare,Politics,Wankers

4 Comments

  • 1. Cujo359  |  December 9th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    I may be confused here, but I thought the Stupak Amendment restrictions applied to all policies in the “exchange”, not just the Potemkin option.

  • 2. Eli  |  December 9th, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    Maybe I’m the one who was confused, but my understanding was that the Stupak sleight of hand was to say “Oh, this is just like Hyde, it just prevents public money from being used to fund abortions” but then construct it in such a way that it affects any insurance policy that’s anywhere *near* public money.

    But if there’s no public option in the exchange, then what triggers Stupak?

  • 3. Cujo359  |  December 10th, 2009 at 12:12 am

    Public money would be used to subsidize premiums of people who are below something like 250 percent of the poverty level. Those subsidies would be subject to that restriction. Essentially, the poor couldn’t buy insurance that covers abortion.

    At least, that’s what I thought was happening.

  • 4. Eli  |  December 10th, 2009 at 12:15 am

    Crap. You’re probably right. It’s very questionable whether it’s worth sacrificing abortion rights for a weak public option, but a bill that sacrifices them with *no* public option absolutely must be killed.


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