If you’re following my Twitter feed this afternoon, you would have seen this message come up.
Up. Coffee. And HOLY SHIT! WE HAVE PUBLIC OPTION!!! SUCK IT TEABAGGERS!!! SUCK IT HARD!!!
Keep in mind, I typed this out about five minutes after waking up so A) My exuberance may have been slightly pre-mature and B) I would have come up with a less unfortunate phrase than “Suck it, Teabaggers”.
As it turns out, the Public Option coming out of the Senate…Not so robust.
EDIT: 8-6-10 MSNBC Embed didn’t survive import to WordPress. Click here to see Oct. 26: Rachel Maddow is joined by Sen. Ron Wyden, D-OR, to assess the public option to be included in the Senate health reform bill.
(Short note. Blessed be to Rachel Maddow for being able to explain the various versions of the Public Option that were on the table. In an age where the Fox paradigm of “Let’s see who can yell the loudest” grips us in it’s idiot vice, Maddow remembers the importance of providing actual information. So, good on her.)
In short, while we’re not fucked yet, the smell of lube still fills the air. Keep in mind that they still have to merge this bill with the House Version before it gets a full vote. So let’s try to keep the pressure on. If your Congress Critters are still on the fence, call them and force them to pick a side. In Oregon, our guys are blessed with clarity. Both Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkey are on the side of the angels. And my Representative, Greg Walden is so intractably against it, it would be like yelling into a wind tunnel. But since the House has their shit so firmly together, he’s unnecessary.
However, it won’t stop me from calling all three of them again this week. You know, just to be on the safe side.