Reid is bluffing on healthcare "compromise"

UPDATE, 11:15a: As if skepticism if not outright denial among Senate Democrats about Reid's claim of a compromise reached between libs and mods weren't enough, now add MSNBC's Keith Olbermann's "stick a fork in it" lament last night...

As Politico reported, "Olbermann... said... that losing the pure public option is a "total and unmitigated defeat without a war."

11:04a: Senate Democrat Majority Leader Harry Reid gave a grand show Tuesday, December 8, via a public statement and press release that "moderate... progressive members of our diverse caucus... tonight... have come to a consensus."

The only problem is he was bluffing. Bear in mind 4 of the 10 senators brawling behind closed doors over the controversial public option are Feingold, Landrieu, Lincoln, and Nelson.

Here were their statements - made after Reid's big announcement...

  • Sen. Russ Feingold: "While I appreciate the willingness of all parties to engage in good-faith discussions, I do not support proposals that would replace the public option in the bill with a purely private approach." (Feingold press release, December 8)
  • Sen. Mary Landrieu: "There's no specific compromise. There were discussions." ("Landrieu, Lincoln: No 'compromise' made on health bill," The Hill, December 9)
  • "According to Sen. Blanche Lincoln, sending the bill to the CBO was about all the 10 senators agree to do." ("Landrieu, Lincoln: No 'compromise' made on health bill," The Hill, December 9)
  • Sen. Ben Nelson: "My position has not changed.... I've drawn a line in the sand.... I haven't signed on to the proposal.... [and on accepting Reid's request to work on a compromise] "I'm anxious to get the best bill... even if I can't be supportive of it." ("Nelson still withholding cloture vote," Lincoln Journal Star, December 9)
  • Also bear in mind Reid needs 60 votes, including all 58 Democrats...

  • Sen. Roland Burris: "If we have to get 60 and it comes back and it does not have a public option in it, I will not vote for it. It will still take 60 votes to pass it.... If we don't pass a meaningful health care reform bill in this session, we are all going to hang separately.... Understand that I have drawn a line in the sand. I'm not much of a dealmaker in this regard." ("Burris threatens to filibuster health care without public option," The Huffington Post, December 9)
  • ... and both Independents...

  • Sen. Joe Lieberman: ""My opposition to a government-run insurance option, including any option with a trigger, has been clear for months and remains my position today. Regarding the "Medicare buy-in" proposal that is being discussed, we must remain vigilant about protecting and extending the solvency of the program, which is now in a perilous financial condition." (Lieberman press release, December 9)
  • Sen. Bernie Sanders: "I understand that the leadership wants to move this bill forward as quickly as possible. I understand that. But in my view, we have a lot of work in front of us.... In my view, the only way we are going to provide comprehensive, cost-effective, universal care is through a single payer." (Congressional Record, S.12698-9, December 8)
  • ... or a Republican or 2...

  • "GOP senator: We will unanimously oppose newest health care compromise," Huffington Post, December 9
  • Moral: Don't believe a word Harry Reid says.


    Thank you for this elaboration!

    Posted by: Carol at December 10, 2009 12:17 PM

    I'm glad to hear it.

    Posted by: Courtney at December 10, 2009 12:52 PM

    Carol, you're welcome. This information came as a relief to me.

    Posted by: Jill Stanek Author Profile Page at December 10, 2009 1:08 PM

    am I just imagining it...or is it that ANY comment/speech coming out of a major democrat (including the grand poobah himself) contains obfuscation, misdirections, cover-ups or LIEs??

    No..I'm just imagining it, right? Riiiight...

    Posted by: RSD at December 10, 2009 1:26 PM

    Soooo, which is the Sacred Cow here that must never be sacrificed: Abortion, or the Public Option???

    The Smoke of Satan grows thicker....

    Posted by: MEL at December 10, 2009 9:16 PM

    Memo to Olbermann: Patience, my friend. You'll get your precious little public option. Don't tell anybody, but they're just changing the name.

    Our secret, 'kay?

    Posted by: carder at December 10, 2009 9:20 PM