Leading progressive health care reform proponent Howard Dean called today for the Senate's latest bill to be killed because it signals “the collapse of health care reform in the United States Senate.”
Just days ago Dean was excited and supportive of the compromise which included a widened Medicare buy-in and other provisions as a trade-off to conservatives who wanted the public option cut.
Now that Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) is once again threatening to filibuster the bill despite his own prior and major support of a broader Medicare base, Dean thinks the whole thing should be scrapped and a fresh start made via different means.
Dean told Vermont Public Radio Tuesday, “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.” Insisting that “real reform” should be the lynch pin that earns the support of progressives, Dean sees Lieberman's demands as pushing the bill into a hopelessly watered-down and pointless piece of legislation.