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TheCoxwain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 02:15 PM
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What are the chances that the Public option will be in the final bill ?
Edited on Thu Sep-17-09 02:16 PM by TheCoxwain

I have posted this question in different forms many times -- but have not got a good answer yet...

let's say the Baucus Bill passes senate ... How will that be reconciled with the house version ( which I presume will include the public option)? Do Blue dogs/ Pukes have a say in that process?
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mikelgb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 02:17 PM
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1. There will be a public Option in name only.
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 02:19 PM
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2. The Baucus bill first needs to get out of Committee
and it is NOT THE ONLY BILL in the Senate, the other two have PO... and Jay Rockefeller has promised a series of amendments before this poss gets out they include PO.

It should be telling that the man meeting with the PResident yesterday was not Baucus but Rockefeller. That was a signal to the committee

It will have a PO.. but remember this is the beginning of the fight. SS and Medicare did stink seriously when first signed into law.
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emulatorloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 02:27 PM
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3. Baucus Bill is a joke, it will not move forward as is. Maybe if has the hell ammended out of it
so that it actually has the PO and helps people.

See this thread:


Ganging up on Baucus: Senator's plan garners bipartisan grumbles
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

From the article quoted there

<SNIP>

Baucuss bill and his exclusion of all but two other Democrats from negotiations met with ambivalence to downright rejection from most Democrats, especially liberals.

<SNIP>
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DrDan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 02:30 PM
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4. certainly depends on your definition of the public option
I think the chances are very good there will be something that will be labeled a public option.

But is it what we want? I would say the chances of that are ZERO.
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damntexdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 03:28 PM
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5. I suspect that there will be a public option.
But I don't know that it will be one that will mean much.

The House bill doesn't offer it to everyone as an option. Without that, it won't be much of a basis of competition with for-profit criminality ... I mean health insurance.

Still, if it's in, it can form the basis of providing insurance to those who cannot otherwise afford it, to 'hard-to-insure' people, and so on.
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