On Sunday, Joe over at AmericaBlog reported (and Christy picked up the theme earlier today, as did Blue Texan) that Schumer practically guaranteed a public option as a part of health care reform during his appearance on Face the Nation this morning:
The healthcare reform bill that emerges from Congress this year will include a government-run public health insurance option, regardless of the bipartisan negotiations seeking a compromise in the Senate, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Sunday.
"Make no mistake about it, the president is for this strongly. There will be a public option in the final bill," Schumer said on CBS News’s "Face the Nation."
Strong language eh? Well, that was this morning, apparently by this afternoon Senator Schumer was walking back from his own words. From the AP:
Schumer said that while he supports a public option he also is open to discussing the use of nonprofit insurance cooperatives as competitors to established insurance companies.
"I am not saying that the public option should be the only option. There are some who do say that, particularly in my party.
So, Which Senator Schumer should we believe?
Time to send a message to Schumer and the other fence-sitters. No public option? No deal.