Kudos to South Dakota's Senator Tim Johnson: he is among 31 senators so far [Update! 34!] who have said they want a public option in the health insurance reform reconciliation bill. Makes sense, since that's what Americans want.
Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee promises Republicans will campaign to repeal whatever health insurance reform the Democrats pass this year.
To which the proper response is to pass health insurance reform with a public option that kicks in now. Don't wait until 2013, which is how long it would have taken Uncle Sam to start offering health insurance under earlier forms of the House bill. Pass it, sign it, and start offering working Americans the chance to buy into Medicare the next day. Watch millions of Americans, myself included, buy in before Election Day.
And then, even if the GOP retakes Congress in November, just watch what happens when they turn to those millions of Americans who buy the public option and ask them to give up that more comprehensive, more secure, more efficient and affordable insurance and return to the dog-eat-dog private individual market.
Don't think about November, Dems. Think about now, and the millions of Americans who need a health insurance solution.
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