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Senator Claire McCaskill (D) has been posting on health care reform via Twitter today:

Still hope we can get some public OPTION or non profit coop. Also must make sure private can compete so gov doesn’t swallow competition. about 2 hours ago from UberTwitter

Jay Akroyd at Atrios’ place writes:

When did preserving insurance companies who have abused customers become a policy objective?

The comments are biting:

The Senate’s new Hippocratic Oath:

First, do no harm to insurance company shareholders and management.

Uh… what?

The only way a public option could ‘swallow competition’ is if it’s clearly superior to private insurance.

And if that turns out to be the case, what’s the problem?….

I guess we should have kept the buggy makers, the wagon makers, the steam locomotive makers, the radio tube makers, the door to door ice delivery businesses, the quill pen makers … in business….

Senator McCaskill also posted:

Now is the starting gate,not the finish line for health ins reform.Hard work remains. I’m betting we don’t get done til Rudolph ready to fly about 2 hours ago from UberTwitter

Why the wait? Last Sunday Senator Tom Harkin (D), Chair of the Senate HELP Committee, showed why we can’t wait:

….we’ll do the health care bill. We’ll get that done. People will immediately, immediately know how they’re being helped with our health care bill. Because as soon as our bill is passed and signed by President Obama no longer will they be able to exclude you from pre-existing conditions, no longer will there be any kind of lifetime caps, no longer can an insurance company drop you if you get sick. People who have health insurance [wind noise] will see an immediate change in their lives when we pass this bill…