One more reminder that, no matter what the Tea Party might think, killing the private option with the constitutional quirk of a sufficient minority vote (9 or 10 senators) is going to be a political reach. The number enrolled is now 172,000, with 187,000 approved. What are they? Chopped liver?
And the alternative if the program is killed and federal money withers will include throwing granny out of her nursing home. So the ‘baggers can party like a Flippo now. The tough realities lie ahead. DHS released the following: