by Charles Lemos, Sun Dec 27, 2009 at 03:58:00 PM EST
Now that didn't take long. House Majority Whip James Clyburn who represents the Sixth Congressional District of South Carolina long a proponent of a government-run public plan today said it was of "no consequence" as long as the final bill offers more choice and competition in the insurance industry and reduces costs.
From The Hill:
Asked on CBS' "Face the Nation" if he could back a bill without the public plan, he said "Yes, sir, I can. Because why did we do-- why do we want a public option? We want a public option to do basically three ten-- things: create more choice for insurers, create more competition for insurance companies, and to contain costs."
He continued, "If we can come up with a process by which three-- these three things can be done, then I'm all for it; whether or not we label it a public option or not is of no consequence. What we want to do is get good, effective results from whatever we put in place."
Something about a lack of a spine comes to mind. Perhaps a class on negotiations is in order.