In a marathon session ending at 2:15 a.m. today, the Senate finished its markup of their health reform bill. Two amendments earlier in the week proposing a Public Option were defeated and while I couldn't possibly have reviewed the Senate Bill as of this posting, it would appear - at least in the Senate - there is not enough support for that to resurface.
Why is that? Well, I think these two clips from YouTube might shed some light on the subject. In the first
, a Harvard Professor by the name of Jacob Hacker - who many consider the 'architect' of the Public Option - makes clear his 'strategy'; i.e. that the Public Option is just a stepping stone to a Single Payer System.
In the second
clip, those who have bought in to Hacker's strategy, 'confess' their intentions.
So the real question becomes, do you support health care reform that incrementally leads us to a total government takeover - Single Payer - or not. Last night on Larry King live, Michael Moore proclaimed that the majority of Americans did indeed support Single Payer. Fact checks of such proclamations can often be found at a Pulitzer Prize winning site called PolitiFact
. Apparently a growing majority of Americans actually fear further expansion of the government's role in their health care. And growing deficits.
It will be fascinating to see how the CBO 'scores' the new Senate Bill. Things are about to get interesting!
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