Is the public plan dead? It's not entirely clear. Yesterday on CNN, Kathleen Sebelius suggested that a public plan isn't essential to reform. And at a town hall meeting on Saturday, Obama said that it's "just one sliver" of the overhaul he has in mind. As he continues to play the difficult, delicate political game that health-care reform has become, it may turn out that the public plan's primary value has little to do with whether or not it's good policy -- and everything to do with its usefulness as a political play.Howie P.S.: Good luck getting labor and the progressive netroots to see this as anything but "caving."
Monday, August 17, 2009
"The Public Plan as Political Play"
Peter Sudeman (Daily Dish):