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Democrats rebuke their own plan

Editor’s note: The following says it all about the public plan.

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As precious, as it is telling. When faced with an amendment requiring Senate members to join any passed public option, the Democrats declined. But the amendment passed nonetheless. Here’s one that will never make it through reconciliation. What’s good enough for you is not good enough for them.

On Tuesday, the Senate health committee voted 12-11 in favor of a two-page amendment courtesy of Republican Tom Coburn that would require all Members and their staffs to enroll in any new government-run health plan. Yet all Democrats — with the exceptions of acting chairman Chris Dodd, Barbara Mikulski and Ted Kennedy via proxy — voted nay.

In other words, Sherrod Brown and Sheldon Whitehouse won’t themselves join a plan that “will offer benefits that are as good as those available through private insurance plans — or better,” as the Ohio and Rhode Island liberals put it in a recent op-ed. And even a self-described socialist like Vermont’s Bernie Sanders, who supports a government-only system, wouldn’t sign himself up.

http://www.riehlworldview.com/carnivorous_conservative/2009/07/democrats-no-thanks-on-public-option.html

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July 19, 2009 - Posted by | Accountability, Federal Government, healthcare | , ,

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