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Perky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-20-10 11:50 AM
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I am betting the Public Option talk is a ruse.
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Edited on Sat Feb-20-10 12:07 PM by Perky
A bargaining chip.

At this point there is very little political upside to ramming the public Option through with reconciliation. It will be a huge rallying point for the GOP an not a particularly decent motivation for GOTV in November for Dems.

But it would not surprise me if it is not meant to set up the GOP. "Join us on a bipartisan bill and we will pull the Public option out." If the Repukes agree, HCR will not be an issue in the Fall. If they say "NO", publicly say "hell no" to the country and yes to WellPoint", we get to paint them as reflexively deterrmined to be obstructionist to even more modest reform and it becomes a "triggered option" in the final Dems only bill that gets rammed through with no GOP support, and we get to tell the nation that it is the GOP's fault for being opposed to any change in the status quo at all and being in bed with folks like WellPoint,
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