Even insurance company execs fucked up and admitted their companies could, in fact, survive a public option.
Now may be a good time to let the Progressives in the House know we're standing with them in their stand for the public option. They have every reason to hold their ground. Whip counts are looking good. And the public seems to have realized that a Dem-only bill with a public option's far superior to a bipartisan bill without.
And if you want to strike up a conversation with your elected member, Dem or Con, you could ask them why, if they can have top-notch health care for $503 per year, why oh why can't we? Knowing what they've got goes a long way toward their let 'em eat cake mentality, dunnit?
Speaking of royals out of touch with their subjects, lots of Dems and liberal groups are thinking that John Boehner maybe needs to get out a bit more:
Well, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) asked for it.
Boehner claimed, with a semi-straight face, that he has yet to meet a regular "American" who favors the option -- despite polls showing that a majority of voters support to the idea of having the choice of a government plan.
"I'm still trying to find the first American to talk to who's in favor of the public option, other than a member of Congress or the administration" said Boehner, whose sole recent foray into a public discussion of health care reform was a tea-party-style event in Ohio a few weeks back.
"I've not talked to one and I get to a lot of places," he told reporters at his weekly press availability. "I've not had anyone come up to me -- I know I'm inviting them -- and lobby for the public option."
Really? He's "inviting" supporters of a public option to let him know about their position?
Boehner probably meant this as a throwaway line, and didn't think it through. But it's causing something of a stir.
Many Dems are noting, for example, that 57% of Ohioans -- Boehner's home state -- support a public option. The Minority Leader may "get to a lot of places," but maybe he needs to travel his own state a little more.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) has launched an online petition for public option supporters to email Boehner about their support for the policy. The Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) has launched a campaign of its own. HCAN has sent out a petition to its national list, and as of this afternoon, there's even a Facebook group on this.
We'll see how long he can manage not meeting a single supporter of the public option now. Mwah-ha-ha!
Non sequitur time. For those who have heard about Sen. Maria Cantwell's amendment and haven't a clue what it's about, here's a good rundown. It ain't much, but it's a damned sight better than what Baucus had to offer. Nice to see her not giving up just because the public option got defeated by the assclowns in the Finance Committee.