Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Rahm Got The Message

It's been extremely frustrating to hear non-definitive talk from White House officials when it comes to a strong public option for healthcare reform. Especially if it comes from the supposed arm-twister, Rahm Emanuel. Yesterday, Emanuel seemed to be a little mealy mouthed when discussing the possibility of a final healthcare plan without a public option. Now this was according to the Wall Street Journal, which is now owned by Rupert Murdoch. Enough said. But the doubts still lingered - enough for President Obama to make a statement from Russia (with love):

"I am pleased by the progress we're making on health care reform and still believe, as I've said before, that one of the best ways to bring down costs, provide more choices, and assure quality is a public option that will force the insurance companies to compete and keep them honest. I look forward to a final product that achieves these very important goals."
So what was with Rahm and the mixed signals? Why is the possibility of accepting a compromise like a trigger or a co-op even being thought about? I know that in the world of Obama being The Great Mediator, they can't just say flat out that the President will veto any bill that doesn't contain a strong public option. They at least have to act as if all options are on the table rather than piss people off and slow things down to a crawl. But still, be firm and consistent with your message.

Well it looks like Rahm got the message.
After initially indicating his support for a public plan “trigger,” White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel reassured House Democrats tonight that he strongly backs a public plan. Progressive Caucus Co-Chairwoman Lynn Woolsey (D-CA) said she told Emanuel that support for a “trigger” would cause health reform to lose Democratic votes:
“We have compromised enough, and we are not going to compromise on any kind of trigger game,” Woolsey said she told Emanuel. “People clapped all over the place. We mean it, and not just progressives.”
Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) said Emanuel reassured him that he “doesn’t stand by that trigger.”
It's gotten to the point that the bill would lose more Democratic votes than gain Repubican ones if a public option is not part of the plan. This combined with Harry Reid's instructions to Max Baucus to drop the proposal of taxing health benefits and stop trying to garner GOP votes looks promising for the public option.


Anonymous said...

According to the huffington post Emanuel has been floating the trigger option since January.Hufpo goes on to quote a source that Emanuel is more conservative than liberal and is usually harder on liberal lawmakers
If true, than all this talk of a public option is bullshit.He serves at the pleasure of the president which means theres no way he's been floating a "trigger"without Obamas knowledge or approval.
If Obama settles for a"trigger"or co-op option the only votes he will get in 2012 will come from Bachus,Landreu and Nelson.Lieberman will vote for the republican.WAKE THE FUCK UP!

Broadway Carl said...

Didn't you just read what I wrote? If there is no public option, he's going to lose more Democratic votes than Republican gains. Even if it were the case that he might go the trigger route, that is now moot because the progressive Dems (10-15 of them) told him to shove the trigger. No public option, no passage.

Anonymous said...

Read Cesca's blog-WALKING IT BACK.Also here's Waxman quoting Emanuel"he said the president and his administration and he are for a public plan as one of the options".What pray tell are the other options you guys are for Rahm?