Key House liberal says could accept HCR without public option if…

If House liberals think the Senate bill comes up short, then moving the date up on a bill that is short doesn’t really solve the problem:

In a sign that House liberals may be bracing to swallow much of the Senate bill with minimal changes, a key House progressive suggested in an interview with me that he might be able to support a bill without a public component, if the coverage in the bill were to kick in earlier than it currently does in the Senate proposal.

The larger problem is that any significant changes to the Senate bill will kick in the Lieberman/Nelson problem, where one or the other will threaten to join a filibuster. There will be no significant changes to the Senate bill, period. This is the price we pay for the White House dropping the ball months ago. And actually, it’s the price every American pays for the White House’s lack of spine.

The White House likes to disseminate talking points about how anyone who is upset about the Senate bill clearly doesn’t appreciate the needs of the 30 million Americans who will get (be forced to buy) insurance via the bill. One could just as easily note that the White House doesn’t appreciate the needs of the 300 million Americans who now won’t have access to a much better and much cheaper public option because the President refused to put up a fight.

There is simply no way to fix the bill at this point. Lieberman and Nelson pwn the president and the Congress. This is why Joe and I have been complaining for a good half a year about the President not being sufficiently involved in this process. Once you screw it up, it can’t be fixed. Hopefully a lesson has been learned for coming debates on climate change, immigration, gay rights and beyond.


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