Many Republicans in the Senate have been saying for ages now that the health-care bill is fatally flawed and that lawmakers should start all over and re-write the bill.
Such calls have been for the most part uniformly rejected, scoffed at, or ignored.
Now comes similar advice from the opposite side of the political spectrum: Howard Dean. The former Vermont governor and Democratic National chairman says today, in an interview on Vermont Public Radio, that the bill has been too weakened, thanks to compromises made to Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), to be worth supporting. Here's Dean, in talking to VPR reporter Bob Kinzel:
This is essentially the collapse of health care reform in the United States Senate. Honestly the best thing to do right now is kill the Senate bill, go back to the House, start the reconciliation process, where you only need 51 votes and it would be a much simpler bill.
Dean had supported legislation that included the public option and the Medicare buy-in; without it, he says it should be killed.
For more, here's Greg Sargent's Who Runs Gov blog.