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The Public Option appears top be dead….

This from The Hill……

After months on life support, the public option died Tuesday.

The White House and House leaders on Tuesday pronounced the government-run health program dead even as some Democratic senators continued their effort to resurrect it.

The move is a clear indication that President Barack Obama and leading Democrats are wary of another intra-party battle on the public option. Last year, Democrats lost valuable time debating the issue, leading to many missed deadlines.

The number of Senate Democrats voicing support for including a public option in the final healthcare bill — and for using reconciliation rules to pass that legislation in the Senate — grew to 25 Tuesday. But that’s still 25 votes short, with little to no chance of reaching the necessary 50.

The White House on Tuesday squelched any momentum the public option had attracted over the last week.

At his daily briefing on Tuesday, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said that Obama chose not to include a public option in the healthcare plan he released on Monday based on an acknowledgment that the Senate simply lacks the votes for such a maneuver.

“We have seen, obviously, that though there are some that are supportive of this, there isn’t enough political support in a majority to get this through,” Gibbs said. “The president … took the Senate bill as the base and looks forward to discussing consensus ideas on Thursday.”

The second-ranking Democrat in the House, where support for a public option had been the strongest, made similar arguments. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) indicated that the public option is likely dead, citing Obama’s decision not to include it in his healthcare proposal that was released on Monday.


February 23, 2010 - Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Healthcare, Law, Media, Other Things, Politics, Updates | ,


  1. How about pouring deep concrete on the Public Option in a crypt-like tomb ?

    Comment by Conservative Democrat | February 24, 2010 | Reply

    • I’m afraid he’ll still try to bring it up……

      Comment by jamesb101 | February 24, 2010 | Reply

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