Well, this sucks.
There’s been no final resolution, but I think there’s a good chance the cooperative plan will be adopted, at least at the committee level. The notion of a cooperative plan is that it’s membership-controlled, membership-run — not government-run, government-controlled.
Conrad adds later,
In the Senate, the cooperative plan is the only one that has the prospect of getting 60 votes.
Just to be clear, Conrad is essentially saying that there are Democrats, including presumably him, who will let the GOP filibuster any bill that contains a public option. Which is really just the same thing as saying they’ll filibuster the public option, the feature Obama publicly lobbied for yesterday.
By the way, the co-op model that DLCers like Conrad and the Blue Dogs are fettishizing is the same approach Willard brought to Massachusetts.
I’m really having a hard time processing the notion that the American people gave Democrats control of the House and the Senate in 2006, then gave them even larger majorities two years later while installing a Democrat in the White House — just so we could get Willard’s health care plan.