A couple observers — one on Olbermann, one in a biz publication — think Baucus’s plan is so bad, and his dead-end path so disastrous, that it could generate a response that includes either a robust public option or even (longer-term) a single-payer plan.
A ‘Gift’ for Insurance Industries … And Maybe for the Public Option? On Countdown with Keith Olbermann, Wendell Potter, the former Vice President of Corporate Communications at health insurance company CIGNA, said the bill was so favorable to his former employers that it "looked at first like it might have been written by the lobbyists and the lawyers for the health insurance industry," except that "I don’t think they would have been quite this audacious." But here’s the flip side: the public option "is not dead," he observed, and "there may be so much outrage and pushback to this bill that it may give the public option a new lease on life."
Republicans: Take This While You Can. Vote Baucus. Joe Weisenthal is another that has taken the plan apart at length. Calling the bill "already DOA," he advised Republicans, as a "strategic move," to throw their weight behind Baucus’s proposal even though "it goes against Republican philosophy." Why? "Eventually, if current trends persist, it’s going to be easy to get a single-payer, universal healthcare bill passed, the likes of which is favored by the far left. … The Baucus plan," on the other hand, "is far from ideal, but if it passes, it’s likely that government-run health insurance will be dead." It "would take us down a totally different path."