Just now reporting it on MSNBC. So much for change we can believe in.
Here’s the breaking news alert via the AP:
WASHINGTON – Democratic senators say they have a tentative deal to drop a government-run insurance option from health care legislation. No further details were immediately available.
But liberals and moderates have been discussing an alternative, including a private insurance arrangement to be supervised by the federal agency that oversees the system through which lawmakers purchase coverage.
Additionally, talks centered on opening up Medicare to uninsured Americans beginning at age 55, a significant expansion of the large government health care program that currently serves the over-65 population.
Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa told reporters he didn't like the agreement but would support it to the hilt in an attempt to pass health care legislation.
Over 55? Well that takes some of the most expensive people off the insurance companies teet and puts it on Medicare’s. Sounds like another fucking gift to the insurance industry. Oh but I’m sure the Democrats and Obama is expecting the kindness of the insurance companies to pass those savings on to us – right? Yeah……right </sarcastic voice>
Now Reid is saying this report is untrue. I’m not holding my breath on what Reid says though.
"We have a broad agreement," Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid told reporters, refusing to give any details on the talks.
Reid said reports the government-run "public option" had been dropped were "not true."