The Nation Backs Sen. Sanders on Pulling the Plug, if No Public Option — the danger of doing “too little”

The Nation is among the most liberal of all the well-read magazines in the U.S., and the fact they are backing Senator Sanders in his threat to vote against health care reform if there is no public option is politically and historically significant:

“If Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid wants to get the 60 votes he will need to break a Republican filibuster and pass a health care reform bill, he’s going to have to include a robust public insurance option.

“Without that basic protection for consumers and taxpayers, Reid will lose the vote of Vermont Independent Bernie Sanders, who caucuses with the Democrats but has made no secret of his frustration with attempts to dumb down reform.

“I strongly suspect that there are number of senators, including myself, who would not support final passage without a strong public option,” says Sanders, who supports development of a single-payer “Medicare for All” system but has indicated he would accept a milder reform if it controls against insurance-industry profiteering.”

“….there is also a need for progressive senators, who back the public option, to join Sanders in signaling that they will object to a dumbed-down “reform” bill.

“That’s not a threat.

“It’s a way to help the majority leader keep his promise to deliver health care for all while controlling costs.

“When progressives make their demands clear, Reid will have far more leverage to push for real reform.”

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