(To disclosure, I'm also an army infantry vet: Sgt/E-5; June 22, 1964 - June 21, 1967; RA 16 805 398. And I receive excellent health care, free of charge via the VA. But, as I've intoned loudly, previously relative to health care reform: IT AIN'T ABOUT ME!)
September 29, 2009. This afternoon, to the Senate Finance Committee's markup of its version of health care reform, Senator Jay Rockefeller IV offered a public option amendment.
Everyone knew the Republicans were going to be unanimous and vote "No." Despite hoping almost against all hope, most of us also strongly suspected that several Democrats on the committee might also turn their backs on the voters who put the party in the majority, regardless that every recent poll indicated their own constituents favor a public option.
The backstabbing Dems include
Max Baucus, committee chairman from Montana,
Tom Carper of Delaware,
Kent Conrad of North Dakota,
Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas, and
Bill Nelson of Florida.
But to top this excreta-laden cake, staff from Majority Leader Harry Reid's office stated that when the Health and Finance Committees' versions arrive for combination for a final combined version, there will be no public option.