RNC’s Michael Steele Admits that The Public Option is Popular

RNC Chairman Michael Steele was on CNN’s The Situation Room today, where when confronted with the new Washington Post poll numbers that show a majority of Americans support the public option, he admitted that the idea is popular. He tried to falsely equate the public option with government run healthcare.

Here is the video courtesy of Daily KosTV:

When host Wolf Blitzer asked Steele about the Washington Post poll numbers he answered, “Well, you know, I appreciate that, I don’t necessarily trust that number. If you look at the question, and what they’re asking, it kind of lends itself to a “yes” for the public option. So, I’ll take that at face value, Wolf, and give the Washington Post its due on that point. What I then look at is the subsequent tabs and the subsequent questions in which a majority of the people – 60 some percent – are saying they don’t want a government-controlled system, they are upset about the taxes, they have real concern about the spending. So when you juxtapose those two together, I think you come to a different place on where the folks are on the public option. Yeah, we like the idea of it, but the reality of it is going to be something very different.”

Steele did a fine job of summing up his party’s position on the public option. They don’t care if it is popular. The Republican Party is opposed to a public option for political and ideological reasons, so the American people can want it all they want, he and the RNC aren’t going to support it.

However, more Republicans are going beyond what Steele said today. Some Republicans, like Newt Gingrich are talking about repealing the public option after it passes. As the support for a public option grows, some Republicans are hoping that they can use this as a campaign issue in the next two elections.

The political reality here is that the only way that healthcare reform passes without some form of a public option is if Senate Democrats split on the bill. This outcome of healthcare has nothing to do with the Republicans. It will be the Democrats who decide whether or not the final bill contains a public option, and it is a pretty safe bet that some variation of the public option will be passed into law.

4 Replies to “RNC’s Michael Steele Admits that The Public Option is Popular”

  1. With 84% of “working Americans” saying they are happy with their current H/C, who cares what a liberal poll of freeloaders want? Bottom line is when the people discover exactly what the public “option” truly is, they dont want it. It’s sad to see the people ignored whne they inform themselves to the scam being perpetuated against them., and say they dont want ANY form of gov’t run H/S.
    I say “propaganda ” because thats all it is, just like Obama lying about his childs illness and being denied H/C, just like the lies on transparency in todays gov’t , when they were just sued again for the visitors list to the W/H ,and the admin refused to release it ,alohough this is against the law and the judges ruling. Informed citizens do NOT want gov’t run H/C and that is Steele’s point here, period.

  2. The misleading information on H/C reform has been coming from the folks who profit handsomely from our present system, the insurance industry. I’d hope that “anonymous” gets some compensation for carrying their water too. The people who fear universal coverage have been lied to about waiting lists, rationing and costs; of course they want to keep what they have.

    Newsflash: those 84% may not realize it, but they don’t actually HAVE insurance. To “insure” means to guarantee, to promise..a policy that can be snatched away for the offense of using it, for losing or changing jobs, for failing to disclose teenage acne, this is not insurance. It’s a scam. Health care can’t be run like a market because it’s not a commodity; purchasing and comparisons are way too complicated and obscure; human desperation invites greed on the part of the provider (not most doctors mind you); the need is inflexible, yet universal. We wouldn’t deny a citizen with a burning house a firetruck because his credit card wouldn’t cover it! That’s why we socialize fire, police, trash pickup, sewage disposal, highway construction, air traffic regulation…we pool our resources, get the cost savings of bulk purchase, and coordinate nationwide for safety and convenience.

    But not health care! By gosh, if you want health, you’d better figure out how to pay for it (whatever the market demands)! The poor don’t deserve healthy lives, preventative medicine, on and on. Immediate savings: the 30% of your insurance dollar that goes to “overhead” (medicare needs about 3%). The 15% your doc spends on extra staff to manage claims. That’s pretty good for starters.
    The best care I’ve had was in Europe (France mostly), quick, advanced, thorough, w/ great follow-up. So don’t tell me more lies about single-payer. They are hokum and they are killing us.

    Ol’ Dave in Kansas City

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