Saturday, March 20, 2010

IMPORTANT NEWS ABOUT THE PUBLIC OPTION:

HERE is important news about the public option:
 
If the health care bill passes the House, is signed by the President and returns to the Senate for tweaks and fixes, all it takes is one Senator to introduce a public option amendment.  But so far, no one's stepping up to the plate. 

Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado led the effort to show that a majority in the Senate supports the public option. Was it all for show? Did Michael Bennet only champion the public option when he thought it didn't matter?

Because his Democratic primary challenger, Andrew Romanoff, has a few things to say about that:

"I am deeply disappointed to learn that no member of the U.S. Senate is willing to offer an amendment to restore the public option to the health care bill."
Well, that makes two of us.  What member do you suppose he has in mind?  Can you think of one?



First we couldn't have a vote in the Senate because there weren't 60 votes. Then we needed 50 votes. But once there were 50 Senators publicly willing to support one, Senate leadership began whipping against anyone who wanted to introduce a public option amendment at all.

But if Bennet introduces the public option during next week's debate, according to its own rules the Senate has to hold a vote.

Bennet's recent efforts led to 51 Senators saying they would like to vote for a public option. We don't know if all 51 will  follow through and vote yes, however. We do know that, after months of being told that everyone supports a public option but "the votes just aren't there," we need to see who can keep that commitment.

This is our only chance if we want to have a vote on a public option.

Will Michael Bennet show his leadership and force a vote for a public option? Or is his opponent, Andrew Romanoff, someone who is more likely to stand up to leadership and stick to his guns in the Senate?



Thanks for your support throughout the health care fight.

Michael Whitney
Firedoglake.com

P.S. Please forward this to all of your friends and family - Michael Bennet needs all the encouragement he can get.

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