Monday, August 17, 2009

What Ezra Said

At times like this I like to consult Ezra Klein. He makes the point that the latest kerfluffle is the umpteenth time we've heard reports that the public option was going to be abandoned. He also makes the point that Obama has never (with one unclear exception) said that the public option was essential.

As much as I get annoyed at right-wing talking points, that annoyance is small compared to the ingrained cynicism I see on the left. Many really want to believe that they will be sold out. It's almost makes them feel better to believe it.

Note that this does not mean that the final plan may not have a public option. But (1) that does not mean the bill will be an utter failure and (2) what the fuck is the "public option" anyway? Does anyone have a precise definition of what form it will take?

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