Tom Daschle reveals that a secret deal was cut with hospital executives in the summer of 2009 for the hospitals to accepts approximately $155 billion in cuts in exchange for Dems dropping plans for a public option, which would have foisted massive cuts in reimbursements on the hospitals compared to private insurers.
From our point of view, this is just more evidence of the dishonesty of the process, with the American people being sold out in secret deals with major corporate interests so that Obama could get control over one-sixth of the economy at any price.
Funny thing is, the “progressive” blogosphere agrees with this assessment, although from a different point of view.
Obama stuck it to them, lied to them, and deceived them, and they knew it when it was happening:
We may disagree on our respective visions of the health care system, but we should at least agree that we, as a nation, were lied to.