Why is Dianne Feinstein Really Poo-Pooing Obama's Public Option?

News & Politics

After telling CNN on June 22 that she didn't think Barack Obama "has the votes right now" to pass a public option plan, Sen. Dianne Feinstein caught some pointed criticism from health care advocates.

Richard Kirsch, Health Care For America Now's national campaign manager, told Talking Points Memo that "Senator Feinstein should know better than anyone given the state of the economy in California that health care reform cannot wait." MoveOn.org reacted similarly, airing an advertisement that told Feinstein Californians "don't expect her to lead just on the easy issues."

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