Orrin G. Hatch
The Left's Dirty Little Public-Option Secret
September 30, 2009
So, like a lot of people on the left and center-left (and, presumably, a fairly overwhelming majority of Americans), I’m pretty disappointed that the Senate Finance Committee took an axe to the public option yesterday. But, I have to say, unlike the deranged "death panel" and "enemies list" accusations, I think the right is actually on to something when it attacks the idea. Today’s Times story more or less gives you the flavor of the criticisms: Republicans on the committee unanimously opposed the public option, saying it was, in the words of Senator Orrin G.