So says CommonwealthUnbound (email, full article posted at Jamie Eldridge's site):
Congressional Republicans saw their sweeping midterm gains as a mandate to roll back the nation’s sweeping new health care reform package. After staging a loud but symbolic repeal vote in the House, national health care opponents are now focused on weakening the new regime’s funding at every possible turn.
The other side isn’t garnering nearly as much ink, but their strategy is much more direct – defending the new health care law by expanding its reach. Public option health insurance plans figure prominently in this effort.
Congressman Steve Lynch said this week he’ll be a vocal proponent for the new public option push. Lynch’s back-and-forth stances on health care votes earned him a challenger from the left wing of the Democratic Party last year. Speaking at a New England Council breakfast this week, the South Boston politician called House Republicans’ health care repeal efforts “a colossal waste of time,” and said that, instead of fighting over a law that’s already in place, Congress should focus on lowering its costs. Public option health plans and the revocation of health insurers’ antitrust exemption should be at the forefront of those cost-lowering efforts, Lynch said.
Ah really. Lynch finally got religion on the public option — a year-and-a-half late, I might add — and just in time for his Senate run! I don't ever know what that dude's thinking, but this is welcome.
I also can't help but think the GOP has stuck its neck out so far on repealing health care, they can't help but have it cut off — if Dems are aggressive. (Good luck with that — ever.)
Sen. Eldridge is proposing a public option for Massachusetts. Why not? Let a thousand flowers bloom. I don't think that will deal with our most critical issue, which is provider costs. (Yup, just what the insurers say. They're right.)