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Obama ready to compromise on government-run health care?

Fox News is reporting that President Obama is resigned to compromising on the issue of the so-called public "option" in order to ensure passage of health care "reform" and save considerable embarrassment given his huge majorities in both houses of Congress:

The president's top adviser, David Axelrod, also downplayed the importance of a government-run insurance option, saying Senate opposition in both parties means "we have to work through these issues."

"The president has very consistently and clearly articulated his support for a public option," Axelrod said in an interview with ABC's This Week.

But, Axelrod added, "that doesn't mean that we -- we halt the process. There are people in the Senate -- Republicans and Democrats -- who have objections to that. We have to work through these issues, and we're going to do that."

I love how Axelrod includes Republicans in proclaiming some sort of bi-partisan support for this tragic legislation. Conservative voters must always remember those Republicans who crossed the line on these crucial matters and make sure they are never nominated by the party again.

Obama's relent on the issue of the public "option" is nothing more than a realization that he cannot procure a majority of support in the Senate (much less 60 votes) at this time with the government takeover as part of this legislation. However, part of this compromise will likely include "triggers" that kick governmental intervention into action if certain impossible-to-attain goals are not attained by the insurance industry.


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Comments (5)

"Obama ready to compromise ... (Below threshold)

"Obama ready to compromise on government-run health care?"

He's a liar.
By hook or by crook he'll try to sneak it in.

Sooooo if theres no "public... (Below threshold)
Nancy's Nazi:

Sooooo if theres no "public option" the likes of McDermott, Weiner, Kookspinich, and the rest of the nuts are gonna vote for it?

Yeah, right.

Well ok, the nose of the ca... (Below threshold)

Well ok, the nose of the camel can stay. But no more of the camel in the tent...right?

There is no public option a... (Below threshold)

There is no public option at the moment.

Instead legislation will be passed which will cripple the current insurance industry to the point that the Federal Government "Has to step in" to fix its own mess, though they will find a way to blame it on Bush.

Basically I can see HR3200 as a triggered part of the Baucus Bill meaning that the "public option" will be included but not activated possibly drawing those crafty dems who were going to refuse legislation without it.

I mean who CANT see that this is exactly the plan if they cannot pass it outright? This administration, specifically the democrats in power, has shown itself to completely disregard what the American People want because they know better than all of us. And they have a very vocal and commited but shrinking group of people who make it seem like the opposition is a minority.

Unfortunately the silent majority is more and more speaking out against them, thus they start to shut down the outlets which speak to that majority i.e. fox news, syndicated conservative radio, etc.

Once the camel's nose is in... (Below threshold)

Once the camel's nose is in the tent, it's just a matter of time before you get to buy the whole damn animal.

When was the last time the government repealed an entitlement program, anyway? Hell, we're still paying a tax on our phone bills that was intended to raise revenue for the Spanish-American War.






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