Daschle confirms White House agreed with industry to scrap public option

This isn’t news. The President never gave anything other than lip service to the public option, and even his lip service was lacking (remember, he refused to list the public option among his “must include” provisions in the bill, and refused to issue a veto threat). Still, it is interesting to see Tom Daschle confirm that the President gave away the public option in order to appease his political opponents.

Here’s Daschle talking to the Wonk Room’s Igor Volsky:

“I don’t think it was taken off the table completely. It was taken off the table as a result of the understanding that people had with the hospital association, with the insurance (AHIP), and others,” Daschle told Wonk Room’s Igor Volsky. “I mean I think that part of the whole effort was based on a premise. That premise was, you had to have the stakeholders in the room and at the table. Lessons learned in past efforts is that without the stakeholders’ active support rather than active opposition, it’s almost impossible to get this job done. They wanted to keep those stakeholders in the room and [the public option] was the price some thought they had to pay.”

Couldn’t be any clearer than that. Of course, Daschle is now trying to back off of his statement.

Happy voting.

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