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The Next Worst Thing

As Obamacare fails, the president turns to Plan B.

Aug 10, 2009, Vol. 14, No. 44 • By FRED BARNES
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The willingness of the health insurance lobby to roll over on everything but a government plan hasn't gained them favor with Obama or congressional Democrats. The president still casts insurers as villains, arguing regulations are needed to make sure people "are treated fairly and insurance companies are held accountable."

House speaker Nancy Pelosi is hysterical on the subject. She criticizes the insurance firms for opposing the "public" plan, without acknowledging their survival is at stake. "It's almost immoral what they are doing. Of course they've been immoral all along in how they have treated the people that they insure."

Pelosi, who's often oblivious, will come around. From her standpoint and Obama's, Plan B is the next best thing. Obama understands this. It's the rest of us who'd better object. For us, Plan B is the next worse thing.

Fred Barnes is executive editor of THE WEEKLY STANDARD.