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Former Sen. Allen weighs in: No to "Obama-Pelosi" health care

Rosalind Helderman

If Democrats in the Senate drop the Medicare buy-in idea from their health care bill, will they get Republican support for the rest of a bill that includes no public health care option?

Unlikely, if former Virginia Republican Sen. George Allen's views on the issue on representative of his party.

In a conference call with reporters today organized by the Republican Party of Virginia, Allen blasted the "Obama-Pelosi" health care initiative an expensive experiment that Virginians don't want.

"This is clearly not a time to gamble spending a trillion dollars we don't have on a big new experiment with a government-run health care program," he said.

But he said if the public option and its alternative, the Medicare buy-in, are dropped, his opposition will not disappear.

"Even if they do drop the so-called Medicare buy-in option, there are a ton of things wrong with this health care bill," he said, citing small business tax increases, Medicare cuts and new regulations.

Allen has been taking an increasingly vocal role in public policy issues--voicing opposition to cap-and-trade legislation and joining Paul Goldman and other Democrats to push for a federal tax credit to spur revitalization of older schools.

It all looks like a politician gearing up for another run, perhaps against Sen. Jim Webb, who defeated him in 2006 and is now thought to be the subject of intense Republican lobbying on health care.

"That's not necessarily a relevant question for this," he said with a laugh when asked about his future Tuesday. "As long as I'm breathing, I want to be advocating positive, constructive ideas for America, for our competitiveness and of course I have a very special place in my heart for the people of Virginia...So I'm standing up as a citizen for my fellow Virginians."

By Rosalind Helderman  |  December 15, 2009; 12:46 PM ET
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Why does this guy even have a voice anymore? Will media outlets please stop covering him?

Posted by: notjoeabbey | December 15, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

It's the Washington Post Not Joe, where the rule is the biggest idiot gets the megaphone.
That said, he does illustrate a common theme among Republicans. They agree the health care system is broken, anybody who can read statistics understands that (btw, congratulations to Ethiopia for edging us out again on over all health care stats...keep it up and we'll have to invade you and "liberate" your Doctors), they just don't want the anybody to fix it. They're kind of like the bumpkins who tell you "the roof don't leak when it aint rainin' and when it is, I can't fix it no how" (in fact, they are exactly those bumpkins).

Posted by: dijetlo | December 15, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Irrelevant posturing by an irrelevant poseur.

Posted by: jaysit | December 15, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

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