Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) has been tepidly supportive of a public option in the past, so her comments to reporters today come as a bit of a head-scratcher. “I would not support a solely government-funded public option. We can’t afford that,” Lincoln said.
This sounds to me like a hedge: there’s a difference between a government-funded public option, and one that’s financed by consumer premiums, which is what the House’s health care reform bill will call for. Lincoln’s office wasn’t immediately available for comment to clarify this point, but we’ll post her response when we get it.