Public Option May Happen Next Year

Jonathan Bernstein over at the Daily Dish predicts the public option to sneak its way into law next year (if the current bill passes this time around). His reasoning:

I expect virtually every Democrat in contested primaries during this

and (if still not enacted) the next campaign cycle to support the

public option, at least in any district in which Democrats have a

chance to win. The main exceptions will be incumbents such as Lincoln

who already voted against it…and I won’t be shocked if she switches.

In a Democratic primary, I don’t see any potential downside. Liberals

love it, and for better or worse Democrats don’t believe that it will

be a general election liability.

The other part of this is that

the public option should be eligible for a reconciliation bill, so it

won’t take sixty Democrats to get it done.

So for all you public

option fans out there: it ain’t gonna happen this year, but if the

Democrats hold Congress there’s a good chance that it will be law by

the time the exchanges are up and working. Assuming, of course, that

the bill passes.

Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.