Montana Politics

Fun with the Public Option


Fresh news that the public option may still be alive and kicking presents two opportunities to marvel at the craven nature of some Democrats in the Senate.

We’ll start with Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu:

Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA), for one, dismissed recent polls that show public support for the idea, telling NPR, "I think if you asked, do you want a public option but it would force the government to go bankrupt, people would say no.”

For that kind of logical fallacy you usually need to listen to Fox News in the morning. In other news, Americans would also oppose Easter if it mean that every bunny in America had to be tortured to death slowly. Perhaps Senator Landrieu is less worried about the Treasury drying up than she is about less revenue coming in to her campaign war chest.

And then we’ve got Max, who went all War Games at the news. Baucus was:

apoplectic when Reid told him he wanted to include the public option.  “Baucus went to DEFCON 1,” said a source familiar with the negotiations, referring to the alert level the military uses for an imminent attack on the homeland.

How dare the majority leader offer a proposal that the public prefers? How dare he upset the delicate balance crafted by Senator Baucus’s mighty bipartisan coalition which contains one Republican who might vote for his bill?

It’s be nice if Senator Baucus was apoplectic about the idea of Montanans who are losing their homes and their economic dreams because of the burden of health care costs, wouldn’t it?

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is an eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.
His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.
In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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