Yesterday Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee voted against a public option. The reason given by Chairman Max Baucus? Well, he says there are Democrats in the Senate who would join with Republicans to filibuster such a bill.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid needs to tell us which Democrats think they can stand with the Republicans and filibuster a public option. Those Democrats are the only roadblock to a public option in the Senate, and we need to know who they are.
We have 60 Democratic Senators. So what’s the problem?
President Obama, a majority of the House and Senate, and 77% of the American people all support a public option. So why is Harry Reid protecting a handful of corporate Democrats who want to sabotage a public option?
A handful of Democrats owned by the insurance industry think they can get away with filibustering President Obama’s health care reform simply because it makes the insurance industry compete.
We are continuing to organize 40 members of the House to ensure that only a health care bill with a strong public option reaches the President’s desk. But that doesn’t give Harry Reid an excuse to protect these Senators. We need to know who they are.