After all of this time, a new wrinkle in the health care reform fight has come up in the last couple of days. It's called the "opt-out" provision. It would allow individual states to turn down the public option for their residents. I believe this is being considered because it would allow blue dog "Democrats" cover to vote for a public option, on the grounds that, if people in their states really don't want free medical care, they can turn it down.
I'm not sure how I feel about this. Obviously, if it would give Dems the couple of extra votes to push through a real public option, it's got something going for it. And if braindead morons like Bobby Jindal and Mark Sanford want to deny their residents medical care, that reduces the cost of a public option for the rest of us. Don't forget- the states (that would be the Republican ones) that are the most against the public option are, in general, the poorest and the ones with the most uninsured people.
I hate to see the country divided up like this, but hey, if we want it and they don't, let 'em die.
What do you think?