So maybe, just maybe, the public option is back through reconciliation. 11 senators (Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Michael Bennet (D-Col.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Pat Leahy (D-VT), John Kerry (D-Mass.), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and now Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) just signed on) are on board.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) became the 11th Senator to sign on to a new effort by Democrats to press Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to pass a public option for insurance coverage using reconciliation, her office confirmed to the Huffington Post on Wednesday.
What I'll be watching is to see if Leahy and Kerry can bring more of the old dem votes in. Health care reform has been up and down like a kangaroo in the mating season, but at least it isn't dead yet.
I actually doubt that this will work, but I support trying it. I'm rather cynical, at this point. If nothing else, it's a major bargaining chip leading into the "bipartisan" summit next week.