Healthcare endgame on Capitol Hill
A Capitol Hill source tells me that a public healthcare option is dead, dead, dead in the Senate and thus dead overall. While some healthcare reform proponents hope to use the August recess to rally support, more likely it will be that the Dems will be telling the troops and interest groups that if you want some kind of healthcare bill, give up pushing for a public option. At this point, it is a waste of time, energy and money. But this does not mean Dems still might not push through some pretty big changes. As another source put it:
We might end up seeing something similar to what we chatted about before (individual mandate, highly regulated insurance market, major subsidies). I see this as mostly a symbolic victory, as the Dems can get most of what they want without calling it a public option, frankly. Pretty close (to the Massachusetts model), I’d assume.