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Sean Hannity, enabled by the one and only Dick Morris, manages to outdumb even himself, claiming that the public option (which is, at its core, just an optional) doesn't have an individual opt-out.



   HANNITY: Harry Reid comes out today, says government option with the states’ ability to opt-out and it will include a co-op.

   MORRIS: Opt-out if the Feds feel that they have successfully offered an alternative. The feds can say, no Alabama you’re not doing enough...

   HANNITY: So it’s not really an opt-out anyway?

   MORRIS: It’s not really an opt-out.

   HANNITY: And it’s not an individual — an individual can’t opt out.

   MORRIS: Exactly.

   HANNITY: It’s the state that has to opt-out.

At least the garbage Morris spewed about Alabama resulted in a somewhat coherent claim -- that states wouldn't be allowed to opt-out. It's not true, but at least it makes sense in some sort of twisted teabagger version of reality.

But Hannity's claim -- that the public option doesn't have an individual opt-out -- is beyond stupid. The whole idea of the public option is that there's nothing to opt out of! It is by its very nature something that individuals will only participate in if they so choose. If you don't want the public option, then don't sign up for it. Nobody will be enrolled in it who doesn't ask to be enrolled.

There is literally no way to make any sense whatsoever of Hannity's claim. Its connection with reality isn't tenuous. It's nonexistent.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Sat Oct 31, 2009 at 07:46 PM PDT.

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