How Health Care's Public Option Might Pass

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

In the Senate Finance Committee today, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) are introducing an amendment to add the hotly-contested public option to the Finance Committee's health care bill. We talk with Douglas Schoen, Democratic pollster and former Clinton consultant, and our Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, explains the ramifications of the amendment.

Guests:

Douglas E. Schoen and Todd Zwillich

Comments [1]

Charles

It is interesting to see the kinds of presumptions that go unchallenged on The Takeaway. It is also interesting to see how far John Hockenberry and Todd Zwillich will go in their cheerleading for the so-called "public option."

Zwillich and Hockenberry appear to take it as an article of faith, that a "public option" offers a sound competitive check on private health insurance plans; that a "public option" would effectively keep private plans competitive with lowered insurance costs. I think they are wrong. But whatever I might think, what is inarguable is that such points of view are virtually never aired on The Takeaway.

Here is the sort of view, published daily outside of the liberal salons of NPR, the NYT, the BBC, etc., that is almost never featured on "The Takeaway" -- from today's Wall Street Journal:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204488304574429481529233414.html

Sep. 29 2009 10:47 AM

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