Howard Dean: ‘Kill the Senate Bill’

Dec 15, 2009 4:32pm

ABC News’ Rick Klein reports: For all the renewed optimism around health care’s prospects emanating from the White House, a reality check this afternoon courtesy of Howard Dean. Dean, the former Democratic National Committee chairman and medical doctor, said in an interview set to air this afternoon on Vermont Public Radio that the removal of the Medicare buy-in means the Senate health care bill is no longer worth supporting, according to Greg Sargent of The Plum Line blog. “This is essentially the collapse of health care reform in the United States Senate,” Dean said, per Sargent. “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.” Listen to Dean's comments HERE, courtesy of Vermont Public Radio.

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