I am sure that most of you reading this blog are aware of the letter sent by Senator Michael Bennet to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid asking that the public option be included with the pieces of the Health Care reform package that may be voted on using budget reconciliation rules. To date at least 23 senators have joined the original four signatories, leading many who had already discounted the public option to wonder at its miraculous revival.
That’s the good news – the bad news is that our Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill will not be signing it – at least according to the staff person to whom I just spoke, who gave no reason for this decision. I guess we will just have to wait and see which of the vital parts of Health Care legislation our DINO senator deigns to support.
It couldn’t hurt, though, if you are so inclined, to write or call her ((202) 224-6154) and let her know how disappointed you are with her decision. Remind her that, in Senator Bennet’s words:
Too many people in Washington believe that just saying you are for health care reform is a substitute for actually getting something done
And it is exactly this type of timidity and hypocrisy that we will remember in 2012.
Update: Want to see how real Democrats talk about Health Care Reform?: