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Public Option Moment

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Could it be that all of your work is paying off? All those calls and pushing politicians to do the right thing is taking hold?

Senator Rockefeller blasted insurance companies today in a performance that is worthy a Democratic fighter on principle. “They are getting away with banditry and they revel in it,” Rockefeller said bluntly.

Harkin says he has the votes to pass the public option.

Listening to Senators Rockefeller and Schumer today on the health care debate, these two Democrats have been stellar. Bingamon and Conrad sound like a version of the Bickersons. Understanding that Conrad is a numbers geek, he’s really gotten on my nerves during this debate.

The Hill:

Sen. Charles Schumer has revived the prospect of a public insurance option in the Senate’s version of healthcare reform.

Whether it ultimately passes may depend on a handful of first-term Democrats who owe their seats, in significant measure, to the support they received from Schumer (D-N.Y.) when he headed the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) in 2006 and 2008.

TPM caught John (I’m still senator despite my paid mistress) Ensign’s gun moment on tape (I was driving at the time).

“Are you aware that if you take out gun accidents and auto accidents, that the United States actually is better than those other countries?”

It’s destined to be a GOP classic, though not in a good way.

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