Well, looky here: a Public Option in the first draft of the House reconciliation bill (un-numbered yet), pg. 116, Subtitle B, Public Health Insurance Option.

http://budget.house.gov/doc-library/FY2010/03.15.2010_reconciliation2010.PDF

I suppose, if you are like me and favor a Public Option, we shouldn’t get too excited: the vote is a whole week away and Democrats are in charge…

(and maybe we should keep this under our hats until it passes just to be on the safe side.)

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Khirad
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Okay SanityNow – explain Deem and Pass! And, is the Rules Committee really a sort of oxymoron? (or, what I heard, is that they can make them up as they go, I mean – kinda sorta)

By the way, O’Donnell was breathtaking this morning. He finally explained his reticence as that of an airplane engineer. Like he can see all the things that could go wrong but hopes it takes off safely. He was slightly more optimistic, though.

What was breathtaking was him leaving Morning Joke speechless in his passionate explanation of the current situation and general health care debate. To a layman like me, it was impressive. But maybe not for others more wonky. 😉

Latest I hear on the tube, by the way, is that we have the votes in the house. ❓ ❗

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Khirad
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Morning Blues Tiger: Schoolhouse Rocks never covered “Self-Executing” rules. 😆

That’s pretty much how deem and pass was explained, but definitely thanks. I wanted to make sure.

P.S. See this Bachmann “kill the bill” rally? If that’s any indication, they do seem to feel threatened.

And I agree, regarding the bribes and pork, that is. …I just continue to hope it’s not too good to be true.

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choicelady
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Hi Sanity- Thank you for posting this. I had gotten it from my faith allies in Faithful Reform in Health Care and the WISC group (Washington Inter-religious Staff Council) with the worry that yes, Pelosi MIGHT take it out, but it was put IN last night (Sunday). So I’ve mobilized my folks in CA to contact her in DC and San Francisco to say KEEP it. We are also getting alerts from various sources that there are now 51 Senate votes FOR the Public Option.

So get on the phone or FAX or email to insist that this be retained and passed by BOTH houses. Something GOOD seems possible or this would not have been IN the reconciliation bill at all. But we cannot take it for granted!

bito
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Just wondering. Was this put in to show a larger reduction in the deficit? A hard sell aimed at the deficit hawk blue dogs?
I will send another email to my rep. Even though she belongs to the blue dogs she believes in the P.O.

choicelady
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Hi bito – well, yes, it HAS to be budget related, and the PO is a definite saving. HUGE as a matter of fact.

That is why all the blog-o-sphere progressives are REALLY pissing me off saying Pelosi is taking it out. It went IN last night, why would she take it OUT today or this week?????

Definitely press the Blue Dogs on this – the PO is an enormous saving, is entirely a person’s CHOICE, and gives ordinary folks some way to get coverage without going bankrupt. GOOD plan.

SueInCa
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I will call her office right away.

escribacat
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Thanks, sanity. How fascinating, considering the screaming headlines and hysteria the past few days that the “traitor” Pelosi had taken it out of the bill because she didn’t want it.

javaz
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I’ll believe it when I see it.

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Khirad
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I remain very cautiously optimistic. This was a great catch though. Thanks for bringing it to our attention!

Lawrence O’Donnell is still not sure about it. So, I hope, hope, hope, we’ve got something spectacular up our sleeves.

I am so in the dark on this, that I did not even know that the VP could overrule the parliamentarian, though:

Pepe Lepew
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I’m getting too excited!!!

Somebody talk me down!

I spray indiscriminately when I get too excited!

PatsyT
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Now how am I gonna sleep tonight !
I feel like I want to stay awake until it passes!

KQµårk 死神
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I think it shows two things one good and one a little scary.

It shows once the broad piece of legislation is passed a PO can be added at anytime and who knows if the stars align maybe this time.

But it also could threaten the reconciliation bill being passed in the Senate so they might pass it in the House and if they keep the PO in it might not pass in the Senate and then you get only the Senate bill passed.

The good far outweighs the bad though.