Sanders — No Line in Sand on Health Care

By Jennifer Parker

Nov 29, 2009 10:55am

Last week on “This Week,” moderate Democratic Senator Ben Nelson told me flatly he would not allow a health care bill with a public option for a vote on the floor. 

This morning his liberal colleague Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) wouldn’t draw a line in the sand, even though he supports a public option. 

Sanders told me on “This Week” that he would be reluctant to support any bill without an enhanced public option.  But when I asked him if he would prevent a bill without a public option from getting on the floor for a final vote and support a filibuster, Sanders wouldn’t put his vote on the line.   He said he’d have to see what happens, but that he’d “fight and demand a public option and a strong one at that.”


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