nullThe term “public option” has obviously been run into the ground and is becoming more unpopular by the day.

Democrats must have data that shows public reaction to “public option” has put it just below “genital herpes” on the popularity chart.

So, instead of scrapping the idea altogether as something Americans don’t want, Pelosi & Company have decided to simply put lipstick, glasses and cheap costume jewelry on the same pig. The brilliant scheme is not to restructure a “plan” that is frought with madness and start over, but rather to refer to the “public option” under a different name:

A government-sponsored “public option” for health care lives, though it may be more attractive to skeptics if it goes by a different moniker, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Monday.

In an appearance at a Florida senior center, the Democratic leader referred to the so-called public option as “the consumer option.” Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., appeared by Pelosi’s side and used the term “competitive option.”

How about “government-run health care”? That would be fairly accurate, which is why it’ll never be used. If Democrats think “public option” has a low Q-rating, then “government-run health care” would get a worse reception than Bob Griese in East LA.

More Pelosi:

“You’ll hear everyone say, ‘There’s got to be a better name for this,’” Pelosi said. “When people think of the public option, public is being misrepresented, that this is being paid for with their public dollars.”

Yeah, I hear people say there’s got to be a better name for it all the time, Nanc, but I doubt you’ll want to start calling it “a bunch of bullshit.”

So let’s help Pelosi and Wasserman out. What should the “public option” be referred to as?

“Massive power grab option”?
“The option that gets the deepest into your pocket option”?
“The no-option option”?
“We know what’s good for you and you don’t option”?
“Like Cash for Clunkers except with your life option”?
“Incompetent-run health option”?
“The ‘if it fails it’s Bush’s fault’ option”?
“The option where your tonsils won’t be taken out for no reason because that’ll be the least of your problems option”?

Come on, Nancy… there’s gotta be something here you like.

(h/t Rich Moran)

Update: A friend — a good writer in her own right — just wrote me and said “I don’t recall giving you permission to use my prom picture.” So I must sincerely apologize for that. But the picture stays…

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