The news media took a breather from finding green shoots in Japan today, to let us know that the Obama Administration would be willing to shift from a Public Option to a co-op on the upcoming healthcare legislation.
Everyone seemed to get briefly orgasmic over this new green shoot in the healthcare debate.
So let me see if I have this straight. Instead of a government option as a catch-all for the uninsured, we're going to take the uninsured - the homeless, the young adults, the unemployed - and have THEM administer their own co-op!
Isn't it obvious that this co-op would end up as a permanent ward of the government? And if it can't swim on it's own, do you think Obama would have any qualms about snatching it? If you do, I have 2 letters for you: G and M.
The chronically uninsured across America are not Dairy farmers in North Dakota, and Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) is smoking some of Bernanke's green shoots if he thinks a co-op administered by the uninsured, for the uninsured, has a prayer of working. It will be an endless drain on the government coffers, and Obama will gobble it up faster than Bill Clinton in his prime could do justice to a quarter-pounder.
Why isn't this thing passed by now? The Democrats have both houses, the White House, and 60 votes in the Senate. If they really had confidence in a plan that included the public option, and really were willing to take ownership of it, and thought it would work, they could pass it. Just go hard left in the House and push it through the Senate as a continuing resolution (only 50 votes required). If they really thought it would work, then why not take ownership? They don't need Republicans, Blue Dogs, or folks like Arlen Spectool who doesn't know who he is.