Could Roland Burris Block Reid’s Health Care Bill?

By Britt

Oct 28, 2009 10:54am

ABC’s Z. Byron Wolf reports:

Imagine a scenario where the man who took President Obama's Senate seat kills President Obama's health reform bill. First Roland Burris became the first Senator to say he wouldn't vote for a health reform bill that didn't include a public option. Now, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, Burris's vote may be in question even on the compromise public option . That paper reports he is set to become the subject of some high-profile lobbying in a meeting with White House Health Care Czar Nancy Ann DeParle. LINK:  And other papers are wondering about his vote too. Most liberal Senator applauded Reid's decision to include a public option with an "opt out" clause for states that do not want to take part.  And it is unclear what Burris will support; he has not spoken publicly about the Reid compromise. But he did take to the Senate floor this morning to renew his pledge. "It's time to lower the cost of health coverage. it's time to restore accountability to the system. and it's time to make sure every American has access to quality, affordable health care. public option will spur new innovations that will help us get there. that's why I will not back any insurance plan that does not carry with it this major, major issue of public option," Burris said. Regardless of whether or not he was appointed by scandal-tainted former Governor Rod Blagojevich and regardless of the fact that he's not running for election to his seat from Illinois, Burris holds one of the 60 votes Democrats will need to pass a health reform bill. It is becoming hard to imagine a bill that will garner the vote of all 60 Senators who caucus as Democrats. Burris won't support a bill without a public option. Connecticut Independent Joe Lieberman link: won't support a bill with a public option. 

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