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Friday, October 23, 2009

Public Option Doesn’t Have the Votes, Pelosi Says


“Speaker Nancy Pelosi counted votes Thursday night and determined she could not pass a ‘robust public option’ — the most aggressive of the three forms of a public option House Democrats have been considering as part of a national overhaul of health care. Pelosi’s decision—coupled with a significant turn of events yesterday during a private White House meeting—points to an increasingly likely compromise for a ‘trigger’ option for a government plan.” (Politico, Friday)

The public option is more signal than substance. Mandated insurance is the key to government control.

FEE Timely Classic
“America Needs Socialized Medicine? It Just Ain’t So!” by Jane Orient


  • Sheldon Richman is the former editor of The Freeman and a contributor to The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics. He is the author of Separating School and State: How to Liberate America's Families and thousands of articles.