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Reid Ordered to Kill Public Option and Substitutes? (Update: Reid Obeys – Trojan Horse in Flames)

John on December 14, 2009 at 11:52 am

Update: Sounds like this is the one we’ve been waiting for. The death knell of the dreaded public option. Hot Air has the scoop:

Asked by a reporter if the Medicare buy-in will be pulled out, Harkin said “looks that way,” before praising a Democratic health care bill without the two public option compromises.

Of course the Dems could always have one last deceitful maneuver up their collective sleeve. We’ll probably have a sense when we see how much the liberals moan about this defeat of their beloved trojan horse.

Trojan Horse in Flames

Trojan Horse in Flames

[end update]

That’s what Politico is reporting:

Lieberman threw health care reform into doubt Sunday when he told Reid that he would filibuster the bill if it allowed Americans ages 55 to 64 to purchase coverage in Medicare. His comments on CBS’s “Face the Nation” set off a series of private meetings Sunday between the Senate leadership and top White House aides, including Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, who encouraged Reid to cut the deal with Lieberman, the official said. The White House declined to comment.

Will Sherrod Brown or other single-payer supporters on the left defect if this happens? I’m predicting no. The Democrats are convinced passing this muck is going to be their salvation. I’m guessing Sherrod Brown cares (or can be made to care) more about the party than about his own principles.

Of course the Democrats are wrong. Sure Newsweek will run a splash cover about Obama’s victory and Democrats historic achievement. But who reads Newsweek? Most Americans do not want this bill passed. I said it before…this is going to be a Pyrrhic victory at best.

[HT: Hot Air headlines]

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