Wow: White House To Drop 'Public Option'


8/16/2009 1:08:13 PM - Jude
A very big headline and a very big testament to the power of the people making themselves heard.  Now we'll see what it really means.  Obama and the Democrats seem set on some monumental piece of legislation and much larger government oversight/control of the health care sector, so it's hard to believe they're going to retreat and start considering alternative plans.  Secretary of Health and Human Services Katherine Sebelius betrays the general attitude toward business that has become the hallmark of this administration:

"I think there will be a competitor to private insurers," Sebelius said. "That's really the essential part, is you don't turn over the whole new marketplace to private insurance companies and trust them to do the right thing."

Obama spokesman and unintentional humorist Robert Gibbs:
"What I am saying is the bottom line for this for the president is, what we have to have is choice and competition in the insurance market."

Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D. is also pushing the co-op model as an alternative: 
"It's not government-run and government-controlled," he said. "It's membership-run and membership-controlled. But it does provide a nonprofit competitor for the for-profit insurance companies, and that's why it has appeal on both sides."

Hmmm.  Ok.  I'll expect continuing accusations that Republicans in Congress want to simply 'do nothing.'  After all, Big Pharma have to find something on which to spend the 150 million dollars in advertising they promised to Obama in a secret deal that was not broadcast on C-Span.

Update Victor Davis Hanson sums up the strength of the opposition at The Corner.  "Bottom line: too many Americans, whether rightly or wrongly, believe that Obama has other agendas that transcend simply ensuring American live longer, healthier, and better — such as growing government, enforcing an equality of result, and creating permanent constituencies that administer and receive expanding federal entitlements."