Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Dems Enter Defensive Crouch on ObamaCare

I think all the rancor at the town hall meetings is starting to scare the Dems strait when it comes to the government option. This is from the Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.)

Clyburn, for his part, is advocating a “two step” approach in which the most widely supported health insurance reforms, like coverage for pre-existing conditions, go into effect immediately, while the public option is framed as a distant step — something that would go into effect in 2013, only after benchmarks and pilot programs are studied.

Clyburn has proposed setting up modest pilot programs for the public option in certain regions or states — an experimental way of seeing whether these health exchanges can actually work at the local level before they go nationwide.

That first thing if it is served up as a bill on its own and touted as insurance industry reform will get bipartisan backing I would be willing to bet you. If they add in a cap on malpractice lawsuits you will get the backing of hundreds of doctors in order to sell any other health care bills in the future. In other words wring the savings out of the system then implement the plan slowly with the ability to back it out if it is a dismal failure.

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