Rockefeller Speaks

Rockefeller to Baucus, Conrad: Co-ops Are a Sham, Public Option Is a Must

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The head of the Senate Finance Committee’s health subcommittee offered a scathing indictment of the reform package crafted by Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.), saying it would do little to change how insurance companies operate and that as written, he would vote against it.

“There’s no way I could vote for the Senate package for a lot of reasons, and lack of a public option is one of them,” Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) told reporters.

Rockefeller, a strong proponent of a public plan, has been largely critical of the negotiating process that has involved a tight-knit group of six senators—three Democrats and three Republicans.

The results of those negotiations will be released tomorrow.

Rockefeller said he would offer a number of amendments to the bill, including one that would create a public plan. He said roughly six other Democrats on the committee favor such an option, but declined to speculate how they would vote.

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