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Public Option advocacy: jonesing for a placebo

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Matt Taibbi:

Now, obviously (and this is will be explored in more detail in the forthcoming piece, which will be out this week), the public option was not a cure-all. In fact, the Democrats had in reality already managed to kill the public option by watering it down to the point of near-meaninglessness.

William Greider:

"Public Option... doesn't mean anything. The vagueness allowed anyone to fill in the blanks...."

Yet, everywhere you turn, progressives are practically marching in the streets... for the Neville Chamberlain of health care reform, the switched part of the bait and switch.

We have met the idiots, and they is us.

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Submitted by cenobite on

Insisting on a public option looks like the only way to kill this thing. If we don't demand it, the progressive caucus will cave for sure (they probably will anyway but this is the only chance I see to stop it)

Submitted by Paul_Lukasiak on

....but the whole "public option" battle has gotten jane hamsher a lot of media face time, and she's more entertaining than most of the idiots that cable news uses for a "liberal" viewpoint, so it all balances out in the end.