We Have Some Real Challenges Ahead!! So Game Faces On Everyone!! The Real Battle Starts Now!!
I don't know what Rick Scott is so confident about but it scares me. According to this article from politico, Rick Scott the leading liar (I mean spokesman) for the insurance industry he says the public option is doomed. From the article: "I am very confident, after meetings on the Hill this week, that if Congress does not pass a health care bill with the public option before Labor Day, the public option is dead."
Rick Scott vowed to use the August recess to step it up:
"We must meet them head on and continue with ads, news events (particularly in the grassroots), media appearances, etc, to finish off the public option, which is no option at all as it would be devastating to patients, our economy and our health care system."
This guy is a fraud. Just google Rick Scott fraud and you'll see what I'm talking about. It gets worse. According to an article from firedoglake.com, http://campaignsilo.firedoglake.com/2009/07/23/baucus-snow-enzi-bipartisan-deal-close-in-finance-committee/
"According to sources familiar with negotiations on the Senate Finance committee, there is a "bipartisan" deal in the works between Baucus, Enzi and Snowe that will not include a public plan, which could pass in the next couple days. It will include John Kerry's plan to tax insurance companies on their most expensive plans (those valued at over $25,000 a year).
Once a bill passes the Finance Committee, it's up to Harry Reid to reconcile it with the HELP bill. Because Reid knows there aren't enough votes in the Senate to pass a public plan, he will not include that part of the HELP bill. Spending bills have to start in the House, so Reid will attach it as an amendment to some bill to fix potholes or something that passed the House at some point.
Sources indicate that this is all expected to move quickly -- although the situation is still extremely fluid, it could happen in the next few days."
If I could I would say this to Obama and Reid:
"Is sacrificing the heart of healthcare reform really worth it just to get Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins to vote for it so you can claim 'bipartisanship?'"
Those of you who watched Obama's press conference last night will notice he didn't exactly give a ringing endorsement to the public option. He didn't even mention it in his opening remarks (when he laid out the most important aspects of reform). He only discussed when someone asked him about it. Same thing at his town hall today! Is it any coincidence that the day after Obama's critical press conference on healthcare in which he doesn't emphasize the need for a public option, Baucus and Reid totally screw us over (see story above)? Let me get back to my original point for this thread.
The delay of healthcare reform by Reid (and maybe Pelosi but I'm not sure)