12.15.2009

Howard Dean Says "Kill The Senate Health Care Bill" Twice Now

First he was quoted as saying this by Greg Sargent earlier today:

Dean said the removal of the Medicare buy-in made the bill not worth supporting, and urged Dem leaders to start over with the process of reconciliation in the interview, which is set to air at 5:50 PM today on Vermont Public Radio, political reporter Bob Kinzel confirms to me.

The gauntlet from Dean — whose voice on health care is well respected among liberals — will energize those on the left who are mobilizing against the bill, and make it tougher for liberals to embrace the emerging proposal. In an excerpt Kinzel gave me, Dean says:

"This is essentially the collapse of health care reform in the United States Senate. Honestly the best thing to do right now is kill the Senate bill, go back to the House, start the reconciliation process, where you only need 51 votes and it would be a much simpler bill."

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Then he joined Lawrence O'Donnell , who was in substituting for Keith Olbermann, to explain his feelings further on tonight's Countdown:
I concur.

Then Howard Fineman Newsweek’s Howard Fineman joined Lawrence to how Lieberman might really be pursuing a vendetta against Democrats with his actions.

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