Howard Dean's double take on health-care vote
So, did you read the story about the big health-care rally in Washington? Smack in the middle of it is this quote from former Gov. Howard Dean (D-Vt.). "We deserve a vote," he said. "This is a vote about one thing -- are you for the insurance companies or for the American people?" This struck us a little funny at our morning editorial board meeting yesterday, because we all recalled that Dean was against the Senate bill. At least, that's what he wrote in The Post. And here's what he said on "Keith Olbermann" a little more than a week before the Christmas Eve vote.
Last I heard, the game plan is to get the House to pass the Senate legislation that Dean, a physician and the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, so vigorously opposed. What changed? "Nothing has changed in the Senate bill," Dean told me yesterday. What has changed, he said, is that "we now have 41 senators" who have gone on record for a public option. And there are the fixes to the Senate bill that will be made through reconciliation. For Dean that's enough to get on board. Perhaps he could try to convince Dennis Kucinich.
| March 10, 2010; 6:45 PM ET
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