So i wrote this diary yesterday, along with tags like sniveling little weasel, spineless wimp, and corporate bitch because Harry Reid was saying that Co-Op is just another version of the Public Option. He's not doing so well his his state, so i guessing he decided that he'd accept the insurance lobby's money instead of progressives.
FDL: HARRY REID ENDORSES WELLPOINT'S CO-OP PLAN
The Senate Majority Leader endorses the Mike Ross/Kent Conrad/WellPoint authored co-op plan:
First of all, you will notice this statement when questioned about their commitment which seem to be popping up pretty often among spineless senators and blue dogs:
A Reid spokesperson tells me "Reid did not endorse the co-op plan at today's press conference. He reiterated again today that he supports a public option but is open to interpretations of such a plan. The goals for him are lowering cost and keeping the insurance industry in check." And indeed, it does seem that other reports have overstated Reid's remarks.
Next time any politician gives this kind of bullshit, you know that they're straight up LYING, and just trying to quell the anger of progressives long enough so they can sneak in a bill and call it "reform".
Back to Wellpoint's co-op plan, which Nancy Pelosi is even open to:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) endorsed the concept of health insurance cooperatives Thursday, siding with centrists in the House and Senate who want healthcare reform but oppose a public option.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) also hinted she could accept that approach a day after President Barack Obama delivered an address to a joint session of Congress that offered encouraging words for both centrists and liberal Democrats who have demanded a public insurance option.
Blue Dog Mike Ross presciently submitted virtually the same co-op plan in a July 31 amendment that finally emerged this week in Max Baucus's Senate plan. But since it now looks like Pelosi is on board with co-ops, that means the Blue Dogs aren't going to have to take the hit.
Progressives, instead, will have to take the hit. No, scratch that.. the American People, our deficit, or healthcare system are about to be hit with a sledgehammer by Wellpoint and the insurance companies. And i'm pretty sure there will be less turnout for 2010.
Did you know that health insurance stocks went up after Obama's speech?
h/t RJ Eskow, a health analyst and this http://hosted.ap.org/...