Right on cue, the fluffers at the Ass Press produce a puff-piece about the public option. It manages to repeat all of the administration’s buzz-words about “competition” and “choice” while avoiding the $2 Trillion elephant in the room … cost.
The story even has Jacob Hacker talking about how the public option is a compromise between single-payer and maintaining private coverage. No where is it mentioned that Jacob Hacker is on video saying openly that the purpose of the public option is to drive the country to single payer.
“Someone once said to me, ‘Well, this is a Trojan horse for single payer.’ I said, ‘Well, it’s not a Trojan horse, right? It’s just right there! I’m telling you!’”
And for maximum irony, they have Elizabeth Edwards as their poster girl for the public option; the woman whose husband made millions driving baby doctors out of business with junk-science malpractice suits. She certainly wasn’t concerned about the availability of health-care when her husband’s ambulance-chasing was building her a grotesque monstrosity of a house, any more than she was concerned about the environment as they bulldozed acres of forest to build a private soccer field for their kids.