The original idea of a public option back in 2008-2010 was a bait and switch done by the NeoLiberal Democrats on the progressives in the party they needed to go along with their Heritage Foundation plan.
The public option was first sold to us during the campaign as a sneaky way of evolving to Single Payer. So we were told supporting Obama’s plans was really a way of supporting Single Payer, since we couldn’t just do Single Payer, we could support Obamacare and with a Public Option make it so it would become Single Payer.
But then Obama pulled the rug out from under us.
He kept telling us in every speech that he was for a Public Option because it was the best way to keep costs down and if anyone could come up with a better solution they should tell him. But in reality he’d already made back room deals to kill it.
Now one trick they did back then was say they needed a plan that would get Republican support. This is when they had a super majority in the Senate. Well, they never did get a single Republican, so any corporate friendly aspects of Obamacare were entirely there because the Democrats wanted it.
Then they started playing this game that they needed every Democratic vote and several conservatives, like the turncoat, lying, horrid, warmongering Liebermann, just refused to go along. Meanwhile progressives, instead of campaigning for Single Payer, were putting all their energy into getting the votes lined up for the public option in the Senate bill.
I remember. I was one of those this trick worked on. I was following the news closely and cheering as progressives built up the count. I remember we were almost there.
That’s when Obama pulled the rug out from under us. They did an end run around the public option and had a vote on Obamacare without it and didn’t need to worry about a super majority because they used a trick where a bill only needed a majority to pass but only one bill a year could be done this way. (I forget the name of this kind of bill, I knew it when I started this comment. LOL )
But here’s the deal. We already had enough votes to pass it with the public option if all that was needed was a simple majority. But that’s not the bill that was given and it was the only chance- because it couldn’t be done again.
Now, years later, I realize the public option wasn’t even a good idea in the first place. You see one of the things about Obamacare was that providers could refuse to accept public option patients. This would mean that public option people wouldn’t have any doctors take them precisely because the public option would pay less (supposed to keep costs down, which it wouldn’t since it really wouldn’t be a factor because doctors would all refuse it.) So public option people would still only have a few low income clinics and emergency rooms for their care (which they already had.)