With the addition of the Baucus bill it’s getting hard to keep track of what proposals are included in which of the various health care proposals. Bottom line is that they all have a mandate for having health insurance and they all have a public option although it is hidden under different names (coop) depending upon the bill you are looking at.
If you are feeling confused by what is being discussed under the various scenarios, you can surely have empathy for the senility creeping into Harry Reid’s head. At the news conference yesterday, Harry was one of the few immediately greeting the Baucus bill:
“This is a good bill. This is a balanced bill,” he told reporters at a Capitol Hill news conference. Earlier, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said, “Everyone should understand it’s just the beginning, but it’s a good beginning.”
But…..somewhere in his walk down the office halls he seemed to forget his earlier support:
“While this draft bill is a good starting point, it needs improvement before it will work for Nevada,” Reid said in a statement. “During this time of economic crisis, our state cannot afford to shoulder the second highest increase in Medicaid funding.”
Harry appears to believe that he can have his cake and eat it too. He believes he can say one thing as leader of the Senate and something very different as the Senator from Nevada.
I wonder if Harry has ever heard Al Gore discuss the laters invention of the internet?