Seems Obama gave the Senators a pep talk – well, at least the Democrats. It was so peppy, it stayed away from iffy stuff
Which made Joe Lieberman very happy
“Well, it was interesting to me — of course everybody hears with their own ears — that he didn’t say anything about the public option,” said Lieberman. “
That’s as much as Huffpo reported. But Politico, in a gloomy titled piece
Chances shrink for pure public option
(we get an impure one?)
goes into more of what Lieberman said
“That’s exactly what I’ve been saying to my colleagues who are pushing for the public option. This bill has so much good in it, and it does so much good — it’s deficit neutral and all the rest. Why are you insisting on getting a foot in the door for single-payer?”
A foot in the door…Sounds almost like slippery slope. How mny times needs Joementum remind us: IT’S NOT WHAT THE INSURANCE COMPANIES DECIDED THEY DO. Again, this is what insurers paid for in 2008and declared last December
Insurers oppose the creation of a Medicare-style public insurance option,
The insurers also do not support an employer mandate.
Insurers would agree to stop denying coverage to people because of pre-existing conditions as long as all individuals were required by law to buy insurance.
To help make coverage affordable to middle class people, particularly the self-employed and those who work for small businesses, the government would give refundable tax credits on a sliding scale, according to income
This is the insurers bill, as written by them. Do you see single payer, public option in there?
Also, for those who might have forgotten, Obama intervened for Lieberman’s preserving his full rights after his support for McCain