Video: Dem Senator Criticizes Progressives for Pushing Public Option

SCROLL DOWN FOR VIDEO

Members of the Senate Finance Committee yesterday voted down two public-option amendments to the Baucus bill -- the health-care reform proposal that nobody seems to like (except, perhaps, insurance companies). One of those amendments, both of which would have added a public insurance plan to the legislation, was offered by Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.

The day before the vote, two organizations, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Democracy for America, began airing a jointly produced television ad that targets Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus for the absence of a public option his his bill, citing the $4 million in campaign donations from the health and insurance sectors he has collected over the course of his career.

Last night, Schumer appeared on MSNBC's Hardball, where he told host Chris Matthews that the ad was hurting his quest to get the public option into the bill.

Yet, support seems to be building in the Senate for the public option, oddly concurrent with the increased heat senators are feeling, thanks to the efforts of progressives. Sounds to me like Schumer was saying what he needed to say in order to stay at the Finance Committee negotiating table.

VIDEO AFTER THE JUMP
#story_page_post_article

Understand the importance of honest news ?

So do we.

The past year has been the most arduous of our lives. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to be catastrophic not only to our health - mental and physical - but also to the stability of millions of people. For all of us independent news organizations, it’s no exception.

We’ve covered everything thrown at us this past year and will continue to do so with your support. We’ve always understood the importance of calling out corruption, regardless of political affiliation.

We need your support in this difficult time. Every reader contribution, no matter the amount, makes a difference in allowing our newsroom to bring you the stories that matter, at a time when being informed is more important than ever. Invest with us.

Make a one-time contribution to Alternet All Access, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you.

Click to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card
Donate by Paypal
{{ post.roar_specific_data.api_data.analytics }}

Don't Sit on the Sidelines of History. Join Alternet All Access and Go Ad-Free. Support Honest Journalism.