Institute for Public Accuracy

  • 06:52:06 pm on September 9, 2009 | 0

    Re the pre-speech excerpts:  I don’t know whether the WH released the most banal portions of the speech or the most important ones.  The promise of a health insurance bazaar for bargain-hunters who don’t have insurance and don’t qualify for Medicaid or Medicare is certainly less than a public option.  If that turns out to be the headline, the public option will continue to hold the gaze of progressive Democrats, which is a pity. The public option that currently exists in legislative proposals is anemic, partial, patchwork, and grossly under-inclusive.  Within the terms of the current, cramped debate, the quality of the public option should be the terrain of struggle.  Just because something is called a public option doesn’t mean it actually serves the public or is an option.  Kind of like “change you can believe in” is not necessarily change you want to believe in.

    We’ll see what he says in the speech.


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