A Bad Day for the 'Public' Option
2:40 PM, Sep 8, 2009 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
Via Jim Geraghty on Twitter: "Politico's Jim Vandehei on CNN: 'There's not going to be a public option in this bill.' Says White House tells him OTR they know it."
Blue Dog Mike Ross of Arkansas comes out against a public option, in a move that may embolden other Blue Dogs:
Rep. Steny Hoyer "reaffirmed his position that a health care overhaul doesn't need to include a public insurance option to pass the House."
Via Chuck Todd's Twitter: "House Maj Whip Jim Clyburn just endorsed the "trigger" for public option on MSNBC says u may not have "robust" public option at 1st."
The "trigger" is likely the next tack for the "public" option's cheerleaders. At today's press briefing, Gibbs paid lip service to the "public" option as a "very valuable tool," but danced around the question about liberal anger about the president's increasingly tepid support for it.