Wow — how does one get this delusional without imbibing LD-50 quantities of prescribed or proscribed substances:
Here’s how you get the public option:
[Step 1] The president of the united states goes on national TV to declare a national emergency. He says he’s nationalizing the U.S. health care system by executive order to prevent the holocaust of 45,000 people per year dying from lack of insurance and to regain economic competitiveness to overcome the 2008 economic meltdown.
[Step 2] Republicans and the AMA and every nurse and medical devicemaker in America go berserk. They threaten Obama, give hysterical interviews, scream for impeachment, and call for a mass armed uprising.
[Step 3] Obama announces that he’s willing to compromise. Instead of nationalizing the entire U.S. health care industry and pressing all doctors and nurses into compulsory military service at milnimum wage by executive order, he thinks it might be possible to work out an alternative: single-payer public option.
[Step 4] The Republicans foam and froth at the mouth, introduce impeachment resolutions, doctors burn Obama in effigy, nurses show up with AK-47s at hospitals and placards reading WE ARE ARMED AND DANGEROUS. Medical devicemakers and hospitals and doctors’ groups blanket the airwaves with smear campaigns screaming SO-SHUL-IZM!
The Democrats express incredulity. How can the Republicans and the doctors possibly object? After all, we’re being reasonable — we’ve offered a compromise.
[Step 5] Public pressure and beltway media pressure builds for the “grand bargain,” the great compromise — single-payer national health care.
Or more likely, the staff lawyer that is tasked with writing up the draft executive order remembers something from law school about the Youngstown Steel case and refuses the assignment and offers his resignation and leaks the plan to the Washington Post a week before the speech. And after the speech (Step 1) a clear majority of both the Senate and the House come out against the plan. After Step 3, the SEIU (who represents quite a few nurses and med-techs etc) begins preperations to primary any Democrat who supports this plan. If the plan still goes forward, the relevant Congressional question is whether or not to use the 25th Amendment while articles of impeachment are drafted. The Supreme Court votes 9-0 to stay the Executive order for Step 3 with a single page opinion that only cites Youngstown Steel.
And then the Democrats still get shellacked and lose the House and Senate in 2010 and the White House in 2012 as they have demonstrated that they can’t be trusted with power.