Critical Condition

It’s Ba-a-a-ck

The public option, aka a new government-run insurance plan, was deemed doomed just a few short weeks ago. However, some Democrats, buoyed by their ability to add just one Republican to the Baucus proposal in the Finance Committee, now want to bring back the government-run plan, even though it lost in two test votes in the Finance Committee. According to Senator Schumer in the New York Times, “moderate members are open to a public option.” Perhaps some are. But liberal insistence on the public option risks upsetting the Baucus bill’s delicate balance. Democrats held together in committee, but might not do so if the public option were forced back on to the bill, despite two clear votes against such an approach.

Tevi Troy is a presidential historian and former White House aide. His latest book is Fight House: Rivalries in the White House from Truman to Trump.