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Casey Signs on For Public Option

by: John Morgan

Tue Mar 02, 2010 at 18:47:26 PM EST

Sen. Bob Casey joined 29 other Senators today in supporting a public option through reconciliation.  He has signed Sen. Bennet's letter to Majority Leader Reid calling for the Senate to use the rule to pass real reform.  Gubernatorial candidate Joe Hoeffel praised Casey's decision:

"Senator Casey showed tremendous courage by standing up for the uninsured in America and for supporting the most important factor that will control our healthcare costs," Hoeffel said.  Casey joins Pennsylvania's other senator, Arlen Specter in supporting the public option.

            A Casey spokesman said the Senator "has been a longtime advocate for a public option and he believes that it is the best way to increase choice and competition and to hold insurance companies accountable. He has made this known to Senate leadership as next steps are considered. If there is a vote on the House public option in reconciliation, he will vote yes."

           Hoeffel has been a strong proponent of the public option on the federal level.  On the state level he wants to pursue a medicare-like single-payer bill so that every Pennsylvanian has access to quality, affordable care.

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In reviewing the content of your report...
"Sen. Bob Casey joined 29 other Senators today in supporting a public option through reconciliation."  
Might it be worth a few words...the allocation of a mere smidgen of credit to Senator Arlen Specter for his vote in favor of the very same public option...a man who unlike Casey, is running for re-election in November as an underdog, all the while facing a rightwing opponent who may very well use Senator Specter standing up for a public option against him?
C'mon John...does one not have the right to expect a bit more objectivity and fairness from yourself as from those whores at Fox News?
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I mentioned Specter's signing onto this bill several days ago (0.00 / 0)
You might want to scroll back and read that piece.

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Matt, I agree with you that Specter deserves a positive word for signing on to the public option letter. Having said that, let's recognize why Specter did so.

Before he has to face Toomey (if he gets that far), Specter has to get past Sestak in the primary election. It's that primary challenge that prompted Specter to sign on to the public option letter; so his motivation is not principled nor courageous. It is, he perceives, a necessary political tactic.

That's my biggest problem with Specter's candidacy. He is unknowable and unreliable. He shifts with the political winds and you never know where he will be on a given issue.

Specter did a tour (0.00 / 0)
of the state last summer after switching parties and heard from single payer advocates at every stop.  By the end of the summer he had switched his position on health care too.   I thought he switched his position on this because many individuals opened his eyes.  You know I don't like Specter but I don't think this was a calculated political move like all his others.

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"...his motivation is not principled..."
Lee...Find me a politician who acts Solely on princple and I will forward his name to the Pope for cannonization.
I like Joe Sestak (how could one not?) but he can't seem to bring his numbers up.
At the same time, Specter's numbers via Toomey are starting to move and I can still recall when everyone wrote the old man off in 1992 when he was challenged by Lynn Yeakel.
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get his numbers up quickly he's toast because his money will dry up.  It appears I'll be up voting Green again.

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