Friday, September 4, 2009

Cohen Says He Could Vote for a Health-Care Bill Without a Public Option

Posted By on Fri, Sep 4, 2009 at 7:40 PM

Rep. Steve Cohen
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For those interested parties who have been keen for some sign from 9th District congressman Steve Cohen as to whether he’d vote for a health-care bill that lacks a public-option provision, the wait is over. The congressman isn’t necessarily tied to the public option as a be-all and end-all. Here’s how he put it Friday, after participating at Frayser Park in a kick-off event for Infant Mortality Month:

“Let’s see what bill comes to the floor. If it’s a bill that comes up that is a better health-care program than exists today and is something that has an opportunity for more health- care centers and more family docs and can eliminate pre-existing conditions and get wellness programs and all those things, it would be better than what we have today, and I could support it.”

As he has before, Cohen stressed his preference: “I’d rather — I want a public option, I’ve strongly lobbied for a public option.” But he said he wouldn’t vote to kill a bill without a public-option provision that had the other characteristics he’d cited. “If you did that, there are a lot of bills that you might not have voted for that weren’t perfect. The perfect shouldn’t be the enemy of the good.”

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    • Cohen Tells It!

      In which Memphis’ Democratic congressman Steve Cohen, addressing an apparent GOP effort to muddy the waters on the Russian inquiry, not only takes no crap but gives it back where it came from. This is worth watching from beginning to end -- even for those who might disagree on the politics of the matter.

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