OK, I take back all those bad things I said about Harry Reid! He’s proven he’s not so wishy-washy, after all.
I still don’t understand why he gave so much time to Max Baucus and Kent Conrad and Chuck Grassley and Olympia Snowe. But, in the end, he took charge. He showed them who’s boss. And he did the right thing – announcing that the bill he sends to the Senate floor will definitely contain a public plan option.
Bully for Harry Reid!
Is it the perfect solution? No. Allowing states the opportunity to “opt out” of a public plan option is, in many ways, a cop-out. It means that those states which most need a public option, like Alabama, still won’t get one.
But most Americans still will have the choice of a public option. And a public plan with an “opt out” is a hell of a lot better than other proposals floated in the Senate – like the “opt in” of Ben Nelson, the “trigger” of Olympia Snowe, or the dreaded “co-ops” of Kent Conrad.
And, again, the credit goes to Harry Reid, more than to Barack Obama.
Yesterday, we were all saying: “Harry, where the hell are you?”
Today, we can say: “Good job, Harry. You came through, just when we needed you.”
That’s my parting shot for today.