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Blue Dogs Turning Red. Progressives Turn Up Heat Over The Public Option. Senate Finance Committee Flips Off Democratic Constituency.

An interesting week transpired on the healthcare reform front. As the Senate, many members’ pockets flush with lobbyist money, was working on the final amendments to the health insurance lobby guided Baucus bill, progressive groups began their televised assault on Baucus. In a last ditch effort, Schumer, (D) NY and Rockefeller, (D) WV, pushed forth public option amendments which were voted down by the Senate Finance Committee. In the meanwhile, Byron Dorgan, (D) ND, was planning to blow up the Obama, Emanuel, Baucus deal with Big Pharma with a drug importation amendment to drive down drug prices. As this action was proceeding, firedoglake began a petition campaign to demand from Senate Majority Leader Reid (D) NV to expose the Democrats who were willing to stand with the Republicans and filibuster a bill with a public option. Also, firedoglake and Democracy For America worked to shore up the progressives in the House (64 so far) to ensure they will stand firm for the public option in sufficient numbers.

Topping things off Thursday, Senator Baucus and the Senate Finance Committee gave Democrats and Americans in general one more slap in the face by not only proposing fining people who do not buy private for profit health insurance, but possibly jail time. All this while 73% of Americans according to a new NBC/Wallstreet Journal Poll, say it is important that there be a public option.

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  1. October 27, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Here’s a different angle: I’ve just posted on the alternatives in the health-care insurance reform debate, assessing them with respect to federalism. That is, I suggest that we include an assessment of the likely impact on the system of governance itself. If you want to have a look, here is the link: http://euandus3.wordpress.com/2009/10/27/health-care-insurance-reform-a-spectrum-of-alternatives-with-respect-to-federalism/

    You might also be interested in this NYT article:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/27/health/policy/27health.html?_r=1&hp

    • americancommentary
      October 28, 2009 at 11:26 pm

      Thanks for the link. Interesting. I trend towards single payer with federal monies to the states. Canada is a federal system with single payer.

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