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White House Appears Ready To Drop 'Public Option'

By PHILIP ELLIOTT
Associated Press Writer Aug 16, 2:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bowing to Republican pressure, President Obama's administration signaled on Sunday that it is ready to abandon the idea of giving Americans the option of government-run insurance as part of a new health care system.

 

(ap) - AP Spin: No Public Option is GOP's Fault... Classic! ... So Barry can't even get his DemocRAT House and Senate that don't Require ONE REPUBLICan Vote to get in Line with his Plan, but this is the Mean Old REPUBLICan's Fault that the American People won't get a "Public Option"... Newspeak, anybody?... AP, you have once again done your Master Proud. - tha malcontent)

Facing mounting opposition to the overhaul, administration officials left open the chance for a compromise with Republicans that would include health insurance cooperatives instead of a government-run plan. Such a concession probably would enrage Obama's liberal supporters but could deliver a much-needed victory on a top domestic priority opposed by GOP lawmakers.

 

(Tito, get the AP some tissue!... What a bunch of Whiners!  Is Barry gonna cry like this for the duration of his Presidency or is he gonna Man-up at some point?... Where does the Buck stop with this Administration? - tha malcontent)

Officials from both political parties reached across the aisle in an effort to find compromises on proposals they left behind when they returned to their districts for an August recess. Obama had sought a plan in which the government would run a health insurance organization to help cover the nation's almost 50 million uninsured, but he never made it a deal-breaker in a broad set of ideas that has Republicans unified in opposition.

 

(Again AP, Barry and the DemocRATS do NOT Need ONE REPUBLICan Vote.  This is no the DemocRAT Party, end of list! - tha malcontent)

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said that government alternative to private health insurance is "not the essential element" of the administration's health care overhaul. The White House would be open to co-ops, she said, a sign that Democrats want a compromise so they can declare a victory.

 

(Why don't the DemocRATS just Vote and have their Victory the Honest way?... - tha malcontent)

Under a proposal by Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND), consumer-owned nonprofit cooperatives would sell insurance in competition with private industry, not unlike the way electric and agriculture co-ops operate, especially in rural states such as his own.

With $3 billion to $4 billion in initial support from the government, the co-ops would operate under a national structure with state affiliates, but independent of the government. They would be required to maintain the type of financial reserves that private companies are required to keep in case of unexpectedly high claims.

"I think there will be a competitor to private insurers," said Sebelius, who appeared Sunday on CNN's State of the Union and ABCs This Week. "That's really the essential part, is you don't turn over the whole new marketplace to private insurance companies and trust them to do the right thing."

 

(The Obama Administration HATES Honest Competition... And it shows! - tha malcontent)

Obama's spokesman refused to say a public option was a make-or-break choice.

"What I am saying is the bottom line for this for the president is, what we have to have is choice and competition in the insurance market," White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Sunday.

A day before, Obama appeared to hedge his bets.

"All I'm saying is, though, that the public option, whether we have it or we don't have it, is not the entirety of health care reform," Obama said at a town hall meeting in Grand Junction, Colo. "This is just one sliver of it, one aspect of it."

 

(I bet Liberal Yacker and Fat Bastard Ed Shultz kicked his Cat when he heard this! - tha malcontent)

Lawmakers have discussed the co-op model for months, although the Democratic leadership and the White House have said they prefer a government-run option.

Conrad, chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, called the argument for a government-run public plan little more than a "wasted effort." He added there are enough votes in the Senate for a cooperative plan.

"It's not government-run and government-controlled," he said. "It's membership-run and membership-controlled. But it does provide a nonprofit competitor for the for-profit insurance companies, and that's why it has appeal on both sides."

Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) said Obama's team is making a political calculation and embracing the co-op alternative as "a step away from the government takeover of the health care system" that the GOP has pummeled.

"I don't know if it will do everything people want, but we ought to look at it. I think it's a far cry from the original proposals," he said.

Republicans say a public option would have unfair advantages that would drive private insurers out of business. Critics say co-ops would not be genuine public options for health insurance.

 

(Common Senses says this!... The Federal Government is not Restricted by REAL Budgets... Private Industry is.  There is NO "Competition" with the Beast, and that Lie NEEDS to be Refuted EVERY single time it is Regurgitated by these Liars! - tha malcontent)

Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) said it would be difficult to pass any legislation through the Democratic-controlled Congress without the promised public plan.

"We'll have the same number of people uninsured," she said. "If the insurance companies wanted to insure these people now, they'd be insured."

Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) said the Democrats' option would force individuals from their private plans to a government-run plan, a claim that the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office supports.

"There is a way to get folks insured without having the government option," he said.

Obama, writing in Sunday's New York Times, said political maneuvers should be excluded from the debate.

"In the coming weeks, the cynics and the naysayers will continue to exploit fear and concerns for political gain," he wrote. "But for all the scare tactics out there, what's truly scary — truly risky — is the prospect of doing nothing."

 

(Does Barry Know he is talking this smack about the majority of Americans according his own "Free Press" Polls?...  This guy can't Comprehend being Disagreed with. - tha malcontent)

Congress' proposals, however, seemed likely to strike end-of-life counseling sessions. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has called the session "death panels," a label that has drawn rebuke from her fellow Republicans as well as Democrats.

 

(And of course the AP LOVES to attempt to paint the REPUBLICan Party at odds, while Barry's Party that doesn't Need ONE REPUBLICan Vote can't get this Passed for him! - tha malcontent)

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) declined to criticize Palin's comments and said Obama wants to create a government-run panel to advise what types of care would be available to citizens.

"In all honesty, I don't want a bunch of nameless, faceless bureaucrats setting health care for my aged citizens in Utah," Hatch said.

Sebelius said the end-of-life proposal was likely to be dropped from the final bill.

"We wanted to make sure doctors were reimbursed for that very important consultation if family members chose to make it, and instead it's been turned into this scare tactic and probably will be off the table," she said.

 

(No Backbone at all with this Crop of Liberals... Sad.  But hey, they Appear Easy to Defeat, so I am Pleased by this. 2010 is beginning to look a lot like 1994! - tha malcontent)

 

 

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