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March 12, 2010

BERNIE SANDERS TO INTRODUCE PUBLIC OPTION FOR A VOTE

DANIELA PERDOMO, ALTERNET - My man Bernie Sanders has committed himself to doing what no other senator on the Hill will do.

Sanders confirmed that he will introduce a public option amendment during the health care bill reconciliation debate.

Greg Sargent at the Plum Line blog, who spoke directly to the senator, explains why this could be so important:

"As far fetched as this seems, if this amendment is introduced, a vote on it would be very hard for the Senate Dem leadership to block. The only thing that could stop it from happening, according to Senate expert Robert Dove, is for the parliamentarian to rule that it's not germane to the Senate bill somehow - something that seems unlikely."


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