"Prospects for a government insurance plan appeared to be sinking fast Tuesday as lawmakers returned to Capitol Hill a day ahead of a major health care speech by President Barack Obama."
"House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., told reporters a Medicare-like plan for middle-class Americans and their families isn't essential for him to back legislation. Hoyer's comments came shortly after a key Democratic moderate said he could no longer back a bill that includes a new government plan."
"The fast-moving developments left liberals in a quandary. Progressives have drawn a line, saying they won't vote for legislation if it doesn't include a public plan to compete with private insurance companies and force them to lower costs."
Prospects dimming for gov't insurance plan - Yahoo! News
Looks like another nail in the coffin for a government option. Will other officials follow, and if so, who?
I think many of the Democrats elected in 2006 and 2008 may drop support for a public option, especially those who were elected as fiscal Conservatives. The Democrats have a major split in their party, and many here at Debate Politics predicted this as a problem in 2006. Kudos to all our members who did.