Monday, October 26, 2009

Dean Likes Opt-Out Public Option

Howard Dean says the public option that would allow states to opt out of the public option is reasonable. The reasoning being that states aren't likely to opt out given that their people would demand it. Dean doesn't like the trigger at all and says if that's what's voted on, then it will be a total loss for Obama and reform.

Obama is pleased:
“The President congratulates Senator Reid and Chairmen Baucus and Dodd for their hard work on health insurance reform. Thanks to their efforts, we’re closer than we’ve ever been to solving this decades-old problem. And while much work remains, the President is pleased that at the progress that Congress has made. He’s also pleased that the Senate has decided to include a public option for health coverage, in this case with an allowance for states to opt out. As he said to Congress and the nation in September, he supports the public option because it has the potential to play an essential role in holding insurance companies accountable through choice and competition.”