WASHINGTON — After days of secret talks, Senate Democrats tentatively agreed Tuesday night to drop a full-blown government-run insurance option from sweeping health care legislation, several officials said, a concession to party moderates whose votes are critical to passage of President Barack Obama’s top domestic priority.
In its place, officials said Democrats had tentatively settled on a private insurance arrangement to be supervised by the federal agency that oversees the system through which lawmakers purchase coverage, with the possibility of greater government involvement if needed to ensure consumers of sufficient choices in coverage.
Additionally, the emerging agreement calls for Medicare to be opened to uninsured Americans beginning at age 55, a significant expansion of the large government health care program that currently serves the 65-and-over population.
At a hastily called evening news conference in the Capitol, Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., declined to provide details of what he described as a “broad agreement” between liberals and moderates on an issue that has plagued Democrats’ efforts to pass health care legislation from the outset.
With it, he added with a smile, the end is in sight for passage of the legislation that Congress has labored over for months.
Don’t believe a word of what they’re saying. First of all, how are they going to gut an already financially insolvent Medicare by some $500 billion, yet lower the eligibility age from 65 to 55 years? That makes as much sense as lowering the costs of healthcare and increasing it’s quality after adding millions of people to the system…sorry folks. That’s just not going to happen. You can’t change the laws of nature just because you’ve been elected to the United States Congress…or the White House.
Secondly, pay very close attention to: “a private insurance arrangement to be supervised by the federal agency that oversees the system through which lawmakers purchase coverage, with the possibility of greater government involvement if needed to ensure consumers of sufficient choices in coverage”. You can bet the farm that government will eventually decide that greater involvement is needed on their part. Does anyone doubt that a “public option” which will put private insurance out of business isn’t in-between these lines?