It is sad and ridiculous that with a Democratic president who supports the public option, and with a historically large Democratic majority in the Senate, and with a near-80-vote Democratic majority in the House, and with the public option supported by a strong majority of voters, and with the public option supported by more than 70 percent of independent voters, and with the public option significantly lowering the deficit, and with the public option supported by four out of five congressional committees that have voted, and with the public option having passed the House, and with the public option supported on the record by a majority of senators, the public option cannot be passed.
The compromise I suggest, which would bring the public option only to states that opt in, is the ultimate states’-rights position. To oppose this is to refuse to give states that want the public option the ability to have it. This compromise makes budgetary sense because the public option saves money, and this money would be returned to states that opt in to create jobs. Do we want to save money on healthcare to create more jobs? Or do we want to spend more on healthcare and have fewer jobs?
I know this is hard for Democrats. Many Democrats privately wish the healthcare bill will go away. Some Democrats in truth do not want to vote on the public option at all, because if they vote no they anger their liberal base and a majority of voters back home, and if they vote yes, they anger their insurance company campaign donors.
Do we want health insurance to be dominated solely by insurers with a horrific record of premium rip-offs who buy protection from Congress with campaign money? Or do we want real choice, lower prices for consumers, cost savings for taxpayers and more jobs for workers?
This compromise is right, it is fair, and it should be passed. I know I am asking some Democrats to do what they terribly fear doing, to vote yes or no, but this is what the people want, and this is what voters elected representatives to do.