It wasn’t long ago that Republicans and even a few Democrats were proclaiming the death of health-insurance reform. “The Congress will not pass this,” Rep. John Boehner concluded a month ago. “It`s really time for the president to hit the reset button. Let`s stop all of this, and let`s sit down and start over in a bipartisan way to build a plan that Americans will support.”
That was then.
WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Monday that health-care legislation that comes before the Senate will have a government-run health-insurance plan that states will be able to choose not to carry.
Mr. Reid told reporters that, under the legislation, states would have until 2014 to “opt out” of the public option. He cast aside questions of whether the measure can attract the necessary 60 votes to avoid procedural delays.
“I believe we clearly will have the support of the [Democratic caucus] to move to the bill,” Mr. Reid said.
It’s still a long way from done. But that’s clearly the direction this train is headed.