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Health-care reform news has degenerated into tabloid news bites. That might be a good thing – except for the lies. Some of the most visited WordPress blogs and web sites are about celebrities and gossip. We could called it Raiders of Health-Care the new action adventure film from Steven Spielberg. Then maybe people would look into how much health-care costs families and small businesses. That the current inflation rate of costs means that in the next five years millions more Americans will be crossing their fingers and hoping they stay healthy long enough to reach Medicare eligibility. Yesterday the White House tried to push back against some of the rumors, The Public Option: Rumor Check
In his September 9th address to Congress, President Obama made clear that he supports the public option because it has the potential to play an essential role in holding insurance companies accountable through choice and competition. That continues to be the President’s position.
The problem with that press release is it did not address the concerns many of us have about including a state opt-out. Today, an unidentified aide has said that Senate Majority Leader Reid(D-NV) will definitely pursue the public option, but with a state opt-out, Aide: Reid likely to include public option in Senate health care bill
Reid is likely to make the move without having firm commitments of support from 60 senators, the number needed to break a filibuster, according to the aide. Describing the move as a “risky strategy,” the aide said Reid believes including the public option is the right approach, and that the senator is “cautiously optimistic he can get the votes necessary.”
So will any Republican support a bill that includes a state opt-out – a tip of the hat to the conservative tendency, suspiciously lacking the last eight years, to mangle the 10th Amendment. As exasperating as it is, President Obama deserves some credit for trying to be bi-partisan – this interview with Cheney demonstrates one of the many reasons America got feed up with Republican arrogance – Obama’s efforts may pay off in the long run. That said, with the possible exception of Senator Snowe it is unlikely health-care reform of any kind will get a Republican vote. Why won’t the highly accommodating public option with an opt-out pass, probably because of Democrats Ben Nelson and Blanche Lincoln. I realize the politics of their prospective states dictates they not be the most liberal Democrats, but their political math might be off. They’re worried they cannot get reelected with moderate independents and conservative Democrats, but if the center-left base stays home because of the senators lack of action on health-care they cut their reelection chances considerably.
Fox News Anchor Yells At Democrat After “Fair & Balanced” Remark (VIDEO). For years the cornerstone of Conservative debate has been to repeat the same lies over and over again. In addition, while they have also had a tendency to think yelling something really loud makes what they say true, Fox makes the tactic official.
Right-wing media claim Obama is criticizing Fox for “tough questions” and “reporting the truth” – Fox, Malkin, Limbaugh and Beck complain that when they smear, lie, distort and go off on shrill tangents its wrong for anyone to fact check them and point out the obvious. When moderate Americans ask “tough” questions of conservatives its portrayed by the Right as an attack. When the Right attacks, they’re just asking tough questions. Orwellian style propaganda seems like the only thing at which most conservatives excel.