Sunday, May 3, 2009

Specter Says No to Public Option in Health Care Reform

(h/t Nyceve at Daily Kos) Specter on "Meet the Press" today said he was misquoted about being a "loyal Democrat" and that he opposes including a public option in health care reform.

This is one of the biggest issues of the year and a priority for President Obama (and it's good policy, too, by the way). Including competition from a public option (think Medicare for people under 65) is one of the biggest things we can do to rein in out-of-control health care cost inflation.

It's a good thing that health care reform is apparently getting the anti-filibuster protection of "reconciliation," which would let it pass on a simple majority vote, because PA's new Democratic senator is sounding like the same Specter who helped kill the Clinton health care proposal in the 1990s.

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