Gang of 10 in Senate resolves public option impasse?
No not 5 Democrats and 5 Republicans – 5 far left liberals and 5 not quite as far left liberals according to this article.
They may still call it a “public plan,” but private insurers — not the government — would offer coverage under a compromise Democrats are considering to win Senate passage of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.
As usual, this SOUNDS better, but wait for the details….
But instead of Medicare-for-the-masses, it would be Blue Cross Blue Shield or Kaiser Permanente, albeit with a government seal of approval from the department that handles the health plan for federal employees, including members of Congress. The Office of Personnel Management — OPM — would become an instantly recognizable federal acronym, like FDA and CDC.
Ah, so it would be through other companies, but completely controlled by an Obama appointee. Oh yeah that sounds MUCH better.
“I think it’s the right way to go because it’s simple and the public can grasp it,” Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, said Monday, reflecting a general hope that a deal is close.
Lawmakers will be able to tell their constituents “you’re going to get exactly what we have, and that every federal employee has, you can buy into it,” Begich added.
IOW this will allow them to pull the wool over most voters’ eyes.
Five moderates and five liberals tapped by Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., planned to work on the compromise Tuesday as the Senate debated the 10-year, nearly $1 trillion bill. A vote on an amendment to tightly restrict abortion coverage by health plans receiving federal subsidies could also happen Tuesday….
“I think the discussions are going in the right direction … away from a government-run plan,” said Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb.
It’s sounding to me like this is all coming to a close this week. If this “controlled by head of OPM option” wins over Lieberman and Snowe, then they can tell Nelson to go piss up a rope and get the thing to committee by Wednesday.
Liberals are trying to extract a price for any compromise. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., has proposed allowing people 55 and over to buy into Medicare. Others would further expand the Medicaid health program for low-income people. Finally, if private insurers don’t step up to submit bids to OPM, some liberals want to authorize the federal agency itself to set up a plan.
These idiots can NEVER be happy with anything, and are forever looking for ways to gum up the works.