I have continued to aver that the entire health care bill negotiation process was absolutely brilliant.
There was the BATNA, where you ask for the stars when you really want the moon. This is what the public option was.
A public portion screamed about this public option. A public portion screamed so loudly that is do not see the what was going on right in front of their faces.
The more this public portion screamed and threw temper tantrums, the less they saw what was going on.
Now that the infrastructure is in place to increase accountability and transparency, the only thing left is the implementation, and that leaves the unsophisticated negotiators no longer the center of attention as the true core of the health care reform was to also create jobs.
Florida Senate pushes Medicaid reform
The Senate passed a budget that softens the blow for workers at state prisons but would impose sweeping Medicaid reform -- if the House agrees.
BY MARC CAPUTO AND STEVE BOUSQUET
Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau
TALLAHASSEE -- The state Senate shifted rightward Wednesday by pushing plans to give private companies more tax money to manage prison operations and healthcare for the poor.
As debate over the state budget began in earnest, the one-two privatization punch drew opposition from Democrats. They managed to soften the blow to the public prison system -- job cuts had been on the table -- but failed to halt a sweeping change for the Medicaid program that Republicans proposed in reaction to President Barack Obama's signing of the new healthcare reform law.
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