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Sherrod Brown calls Republican bluff. Republicans pretend not to hear him.

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Sens. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and David Vitter (R-La.) are preparing an amendment to force members of Congress into any public option health plan that becomes law, frustrating at least one Senate Democrat who wants to join the effort.

Sen. Sherrod Brown (Ohio) said he is trying to co-sponsor the amendment — but that Coburn and Vitter won’t let him. Coburn and Vitter are planning to offer the amendment during the Senate floor debate on healthcare reform.

“They’ve not said yes to allow me to be a co-sponsor,” Brown told The Hill on Thursday. “I’ve called their office four times. I’m proud of the public option, I think it would be great and we ought to join it and show the country how good it is. I think my interest may be more genuine than theirs, but I’d like to work with them if they’ll let me. If they just want to score partisan points, I still want to work with them.”

Photo credit: Richard A. Lipski/Washington Post.

By Ezra Klein  |  December 4, 2009; 9:09 AM ET
Categories:  Health Reform  
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Vitter seems like he might be a potential pickup for a centrist reform bill. He's certainly enbough of a hypocrite that nothing would surprise me.

Posted by: bmull | December 4, 2009 9:31 AM | Report abuse

I thought this was already part of the bill?

Posted by: AZProgressive | December 4, 2009 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Could we have more senators like Sherrod Brown, please.

Posted by: leoklein | December 4, 2009 10:16 AM | Report abuse

I thought the public option was only available to people who had no other insurance offered to them?

Posted by: webbrats | December 4, 2009 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Sherrod Brown is a great American and an even better person.

Posted by: bcbulger | December 4, 2009 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Vitter just wants subsidized treatment for his ill-gotten STDs.

Posted by: zosima | December 5, 2009 3:02 AM | Report abuse

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