Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Bingaman would support a health care reform bill without a public option

Sen. Jeff Bingaman has said all along during the health care reform debate that he supports a public option. But when it comes down to it, he'd also vote for a bill without it, if it was between that and no reform.

"I support a public option, but I'm not one who, like some members of Congress, have said they would not support a bill that did not include a public option," Bingaman said during an interview at a town hall in Albuquerque Monday.

"I think that would not make good sense, assuming a bill includes the other things we are talking about — insurance market reforms, expansion of coverage, establishment of state exchanges, larger pooling for purposes of setting insurance rates, Medicare payment reforms."

Read more about what Bingaman said at the town hall here.

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