Lindsey made some news today when he declared the Public Option DOA and also the House plan.
Today on Chris Wallace’s FOX show, Lindsey proclaimed that the Public Option is DOA.
“…Well, no one’s found them before, and the only way you’re going to find them now is to do something that no one’s been willing to do, and that’s get in here and change the system.
You’re not going to find $300 billion in Medicare and Medicaid savings. This trigger idea that at a certain point in time we’ll stop spending and go back and cut things has never worked anywhere else, so the trigger is a phony baloney idea.
They said the same thing in Tennessee about TennCare, “We’re going to make the system efficient and that’s how we’re going to pay for TennCare.” Listen to what the governor of Tennessee had to say about that.
I voted against Medicare Part D for the very reason that we don’t pay for things around here. The Wyden-Bennett bill — seven Republicans and seven Democrats — is revenue neutral. I’d like to talk to the president about it.
But here’s the one thing that we’ve learned from this show today. The House bill is dead because deficit politics apparently matter, and the public option is unacceptable, so that’s a good start.
If we can kill the House bill, let’s sit down with Kent Conrad and others and see if we can do something reasonable. But it is not reasonable to assume that we’re going to cut Medicare and Medicaid costs to pay for other people’s insurance and get $300 billion savings and have a trigger that works in Washington. Neither one of those makes sense to me….’
This is just about the first time I’ve heard anyone come out and declare that the House plan was dead as a doornail.
“…Graham says Obama was on the defensive – especially on a public health insurance option that Graham says is off the table and has been for a while. Not only does Graham think it “is dead,” but it has “probably been dead a long time.” “We just throw it in the garbage can,” he added….”