Lindsey Graham makes his case

LINDSEY GRAHAM MAKES HIS CASE…. There are a small handful of political figures whose families never see them on Sunday mornings, because they practically live on the morning talk shows. John McCain and Newt Gingrich immediately come to mind, though Sen. Lindsey Graham is on nearly as much. (When Calvin Trillin came up with the phrase “Sabbath Day Gasbags,” I suspect he had these three in mind.)

This morning, Graham explained why a public option in health care reform — with the broad, bipartisan support of the nation — cannot become law.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told me that the U.S. Senate will not “go down the government-run health care road” despite a new poll showing 72 percent of Americans want a government role in health care — and are willing to pay higher taxes for it.

“The reason you’re not going to have a government run health care pass the Senate is because it would be devastating for this country,” Graham said Sunday in an exclusive “This Week” interview.

“The last thing in the world I think Democrats and Republicans are going to do at the end of the day is create a government run health care system where you’ve got a bureaucrat standing in between the patient and the doctor. We’ve tried this model….”

Actually, that’s true, we have tried this kind of system. It’s why I’ll take Graham’s opinion on this far more seriously just as soon as he explains why he’d like to see Medicare and the Veterans Health Administration hospitals eliminated because of their “devastating” effects for the country.

And while he’s at it, maybe he can unveil a proposal to prevent unaccountable insurance company bureaucrats from standing in between patients and doctors. I can’t wait to see what he comes up with.

Graham added, however, that while he’s dead set against the idea endorsed by 72% of the country, he’s open to Kent Conrad’s proposal for state-based co-ops. If only that were good enough.