The latest health care reform proposal drafted by Senate Majority leader Harry Reid (D-NV) includes the government-run insurance plan known as the Public Option. To mitigate any pushback from the inclusion of this controversial plan, the senator has included an “opt out” clause.
The “opt out” clause would require states to pass legislation by 2014 in order to stop the state’s participation in the Public Option plan. This would give states one year from the time the plan is set in place in 2013 to pass legislation against the plan or remain stuck with it.
17 – The number of states where Democrats control both houses of the legislature
24 – The number of states where Democrats control at least one legislative chamber or the governorship
9 – The number of states where Republicans make up the majority
Can you guess where North Carolina fits? Conservative legislation rarely makes it out of committee; what are the chances our favorite Governor is going to sign this into law? … Slim.
So really, they should call it the good luck trying clause – because by this point, we’re all aware that the idea of a “public option” would actually be better termed “public compulsion.”