If this happens the Democrats are in for a long 2010.
This is 2009, not 1993, yet Emanuel runs that White House as if Clinton still was in it. Bad sign.
People have changed and Obama won with a mandate, but you would think this White House one by .05 percentage point and not almost 8. The continued begging of Republicans for a vote on health care is just too much.
The pressure from the left, which are ACTIVISTS that get out the vote and donate money are angry. Many wanted single payer, like Medicare, but stepped down for the public option. The Obama White House put themselves in this spot. Obama campaigned for two years for "health care like congress", a public plan. Again, the voters remember this and they want it.
While at it, I don't see or hear ANYTHING from the Obama White House stating they will recind mandates. Yes, mandates. Mandates are FORCING the public to purchase health insurance, bringing these criminal insurance companies new customers!!! Is that fair?
If this bill is Welfare for the Insurance Companies, 2010 is going to be a long slough for Democrats.
The Senate has been fairly clear that they cannot pass a healthcare bill including a public option, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel asserted Wednesday evening.
Emanuel professed pessimism that healthcare reform would include a strict public (or "government-run") option, though he signaled an expectation that House liberals may still push for the prized reform.
"I think Senate's been clear about the prospect there is," Emanuel told PBS's Charlie Rose when asked if healthcare can pass with the public option. "That doesn't mean in the House they're not going to come to the table and demand it."