Now it looks like the White House is signaling that they’re willing to forgo a government run, public plan and accept alternatives (like co-ops) to garner Republican support.
White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel met last night at the U.S. Capitol with Senate Democrats and told them Obama is â€œopen to alternativesâ€ to a new government insurance program in order to get legislation overhauling the health-care system to his desk, said Senator Kent Conrad of North Dakota.
â€œHis message was, itâ€™s critical that you do this,â€ Conrad said.
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus of Montana said Emanuel urged the senators to seek Republican support and didnâ€™t discourage them from pursuing the use of non-profit cooperatives, an idea Conrad has proposed.
The story has been updated to say that Rahm didn’t suggest this, but I bet he did and I can understand why he didn’t want this to get out. This would be a quite a slap in the face to Congressional Dems, but I think the White House has to reign the health care debate back in because Pelosi has been managing it so poorly.
More as it develops…