Jonathan Karl at ABC News:
"I am told that Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) – who worked for months to get Olympia Snowe’s support for the bill and has consistently said a public option cannot pass the Senate – was apoplectic when Reid told him he wanted to include the public option."
God, does that make you sit up and smile, or what? This corrupt tool of the insurance companies, who has accepted millions from them in return for doing everything possible to sabotage real health care reform, is apoplectic at the idea of Congress actually doing what the American people want.
Rot in hell, Max. And take this person with you:
"The move would almost certainly cost Democrats the support of Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME), the sole Republican who now supports Democratic health care reform efforts."
As far as I am concerned, it is immensely better for this bill to be passed without a single Republican vote, since it will deny them the opportunity in later years, when the public option is considered as much a necessity to our society as social security, to claim that it was a bipartisan bill. When it becomes totally obvious that it will pass, to tremendous acclamation and relief from the American people, of course the Republicans will try to convince people that they were behind it all the time, instead of spending every ounce of their strength to destroy it.
Democrats, and the country, can afford that less than they can afford to lose one miserable Republican vote.
And if this gives Max Baucus heartburn and indigestion, well, Max, call your insurance company. I'm sure they'll be anxious to help you out.