Democrats signed on to an amendment that would make lawmakers join the public option.
On Thursday Sens. David Vitter (R-La.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) introduced the health-care amendment.
"The idea, broad-brush, is that whatever government option is in the bill, every senator and every representative should be enrolled in it," Vitter told The Hill. "No other possibilities, no other choices."
"It's called leadership," Coburn said. "If it's good enough for everybody else, we ought to be leading by example."
When Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) tried to become a co-sponsor of the amendment, he got the cold shoulder.
"They've not said yes to allow me to be a co-sponsor," Brown told The Hill on Thursday. "I've called their office four times. I'm proud of the public option, I think it would be great and we ought to join it and show the country how good it is.
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Coming from Ohio, I don't agree with S.B. very often, but I do agree with this.
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 8:03 AM on Dec. 5, 2009
This is all smoke and mirrors. There will be something that gives and exemption. They tried this before and every dem refused to even allow it to be discussed in committee. I don't trust any move that has such political implications. Why now do the dems care what the republicans have to say or think? They have excluded our voice in this entire process. They even refused to allow the republican version of a UHC to be even looked at in the House or the Senate. I know. They have looked at the polls after the votes and realized they killed their reelection prospects yet the repubs are holding strong. Only now do they want to align themselves with the conservatives. It is political and nothing else.
Answer by jesse123456 at 8:55 AM on Dec. 5, 2009
I agree with this above. They will make exemptions for themselves and find loopholes. It cracks me up that politicians complain about "the rich vs the poor" when THEY are the biggest hippocrites on the earth! How about all politicians - senators, congress, representatives, all their staff - how about they all take a paycut and lose some of their perks? That'll never happen...
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