A) Since when is one Republican Senate vote considered bi-partisan? B) It is time to pull the 'trigger' on the private insurance industry. And C) It is way past time.
On Thursday, members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus sent a letter to Obama reaffirming their promise not to support any bill without a robust public option. In part:
Any bill that does not provide, at a minimum, a public
option built on the Medicare provider system and with reimbursement
based on Medicare rates-not negotiated rates-is unacceptable... [The
public option] must be available immediately and must not be contingent
upon any trigger.
Obama has a scheduled conference call with House Progressives
today. Let's hope they prove the more persuasive. If not, reform, and the millions of lives that depend on it, are
in serious trouble.