Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Dean: Bush Would Love Baucus Health Care Bill


“This is a bill that George Bush would love, it’s a massive redistribution of government taxpayers’ money to the insurance industry, exactly the same thing that was going on with the banking industry and other industries on Wall Street,” Dean told Countdown guest host Lawrence O’Donnell. “It is a bad bill, this Finance Committee bill, it doesn’t insure people, and it spends an awful lot of money and it gives it away to the insurance companies. So I do think ultimately the bill will have a public option in it, because I don’t think the Democratic Party will stand for this.”

Asked by O’Donnell how the public option would make it into a Senate bill, given the level of opposition to it, Dean said that “we think there are 51 or 52 Democratic senators who will vote for some sort of public option.”
Today the Senate Finance Committee takes up the public option amendments. A summary of the three amendments can be found here.

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