Steve Hynd writes:
Senator Kent Conrad received $774,514 in campaign contributions from the Health industry in the 2008 cycle and $680,664 in the 2006 cycle.
He recently said he was “frankly not terribly interested” in what the major health care reform coalition thinks about healthcare reform.
So it’s hardly surprising to hear today that he’s not interested in a public option because, by his own words, the GOP don’t like it.
This isn’t a case of a spineless jellyfish, caving to Republicans at the slightest hint of pressure. It’s simply that Conrad has been bought and sold by interests hostile to those of his constituents and the voters of his party. He’s not the only one.
This, and the fact that so many Fox News contributors are cozy to the idea of co-ops makes me increasingly wary of them as an option. I have to say, at this point I view the co-op plan as a direct threat – a sort of insidious pretend compromise – designed to derail a true public option. If co-ops were a viable option why don’t we have some already? I’m pretty sure this is a bad idea. I’m not against them on their own, but we need a real public option at this point. Then again, I’m one of those statist bastards who believes that health care is, indeed, a right and an obligation of society. So there you go.