The Corpse-sucker speaks (and then retracts)

Daschle must really want that Chief-of-Staff job, but my guess is that after this, hahaha…

“I don’t think it was taken off the table completely. It was taken off the table as a result of the understanding that people had with the hospital association, with the insurance (AHIP), and others,” Daschle told Wonk Room’s Igor Volsky. “I mean I think that part of the whole effort was based on a premise. That premise was, you had to have the stakeholders in the room and at the table. Lessons learned in past efforts is that without the stakeholders’ active support rather than active opposition, it’s almost impossible to get this job done. They wanted to keep those stakeholders in the room and [the public option] was the price some thought they had to pay.”

And now for his sucking-off-the-corpse retraction:

“In describing some of the challenges to passage of the public option in the health reform bill, I did not mean to suggest in any way that the President was not committed to it,” Daschle emails. “The President fought for the public option just as he did for affordable health care for all Americans. The public option was dropped only when it was no longer viable in Congress, not as a result of any deal cut by the White House. While I was disappointed that the public option was not included in the final legislation, the Affordable Care Act remains a tremendous achievement for the President and the nation.”

So, anyone wanna be me which was the real scenario?


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0 Responses to The Corpse-sucker speaks (and then retracts)

  1. Capt. Bat Guano says:

    Tengrain, maybe researching cheeseburger production on the days each statement was made might shed some light to help answer your question.


  2. Pharmakeus Ubik says:

    By stakeholders, he means those putting the stake through health care reform. Funny how the public, the alleged beneficiaries of this bill, weren’t at the table.


  3. They are all monsters: Daschle, Obama, Obama’s handlers….the whole bunch. Third party baby. The republicans never had a chance. The democrats? They lost me for good.


  4. Tom Belt says:

    It seems to me that all those who support health care changes are supported by and financially fed by the health care insurers. If you want a foxproof henhouse, put the foxes in charge of the henhouse.

    I am about to lose my Medicare replacement program because the insurance companies and medicare decided that there may not be any new health providers that offer the plan that I am on in my county. Even though I have been on this plan for more than a year.
    I am going to be forced to pay a healthier premium for a supplemental medicare policy or have nothing other than medicare.
    Medicare is going to rise and therefore leave less social security for me (Which I paid into for 50 years) to live on for the month. Remind you that I have not had a raise in social security for at least three years. Now they want to reduce that meager amount.

    I have never been more disappointed in a political party than I am at this time. I have always expected the repugs to support big business and screw the small guy.
    I have always expected the democrats to support the small guy and make big business pay what is fair.

    Now, I cannot tell the difference in either party (Except the “tea party” which is insane) to do anything other than support their corporate masters.
    Our government is corrupt to the core!!!!!! What are we to do?


    • Tengrain says:

      Tom –

      First of all, I hope that some sort of solution for your health insurance dilima appears; I don’t have any idea what you can do. I’m flummoxed that the insurance companies are running wild until the new regulations take effect. We’re seeing all sorts of abuses here in California, especially around insuring children, which as far as I can tell has come to a complete halt.

      As for the rest… well, we agree with you whole-heartedly. Both parties are in the pocket of Big Bidness, they just have different approaches. It seems horrific to me that the GOP and John Boehner in particular now are making not even the slightest attempt to hide their corruption, they are bragging about it. The Dims are only nibbling around the edges to make an appearance of independence, but let’s not kid ourselves. If Tom Daschle would suck off a corpse for a cheeseburger, the rest of them don’t even aim that high.