Hillary's whopper from last Sunday's debate:
Well, a– as someone who– as someone who has a– a little bit of experience standing up to the health insurance industry that (CHEERING) spent, you know, many, many millions of dollars attacking me and probably will so again because of what I believe we can do, building on the Affordable Care Act, I think it’s important to point out that there are a lot of reasons we have the health care system we have today.
I know how much money influences the political decision making. That’s why I’m for huge campaign finance reform. However, we started a system that had private health insurance. And even during the Affordable Care Act debate there was an opportunity to vote for what was called the public option.
In other words, people could buy into Medicare. And even when the Democrats were in care of the Congress we couldn’t get the votes for that. So what I’m saying is really simple, this has been the fight of the Democratic party for decades. We have the Affordable Care Act. Let’s make it work. Let’s take the models that states are doing. We now have driven costs down to the lowest they’ve been in 50 years. Now we’ve gotta get individual costs down. That’s what I’m planning to do. [Time Magazine]
On Planet Reality, and c'mon this was just some six years ago, the Public Option was hugely popular and one senator, Sen. Joe Lieberman (D,I-Health Insurance Lobby) killed it, that's why 'we couldn’t get the votes for the Public Option.'
Notes Wendall Potter at the Center for Public Integrity:
The Democrats needed [Joe] Lieberman’s vote to get reform passed, and insurers knew it. Shortly before the Senate was set to vote on the bill, Lieberman said he would vote for the bill only if the public option was stripped out.
Lieberman accused public option supporters of having an ulterior motive.
'A public option plan is unnecessary,' he told Fox News. 'It has been put forward, I’m convinced, by people who really want the government to take over all of health insurance.'
Hillary forgot to mention this bit of history, instead doing what Hillary does best: Lie on behalf of the health insurance industry and Wall Street and make $ millions in return, shafting the uninsured in the process, (Jilani, The Intercept).
So Bernie should just drop the public option now? Forget it.