Landrieu’s line in the sand

LANDRIEU’S LINE IN THE SAND…. The AP reports this morning on the Senate Democrats “who are more concerned about their next election or feel they have little to lose by opposing their party’s hierarchy,” and who may stand in the way of health care reform.

Many of the usual suspects were mentioned, but one stood out.

Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, where Obama lost by a similar margin, said she might be willing to let some states try “fallback or trigger” mechanisms that would create a public option if residents don’t have enough insurance choices.

But she told reporters, “I’m not for a government-run, national, taxpayer-subsidized plan, and never will be.”

That is, except for Medicare, which is a taxpayer-subsidized national plan that Landrieu supports.

And Medicaid, which is also a taxpayer-subsidized national plan that Landrieu supports.

And the V.A. system, which is also a taxpayer-subsidized national plan that Landrieu supports.

And S-CHIP, which is also a taxpayer-subsidized national plan that Landrieu supports.

And the Federal Employees Health Benefits Plan, which is also a taxpayer-subsidized national plan that Landrieu supports — and takes personal advantage of.

Yes, except for all the “government-run, national, taxpayer-subsidized plans” Landrieu already favors, she’s not for them and she never will be.

Good to know.

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.