From WSJ. I'm not sure who is on the Senate Health Committee ... if there are any black folks, but -gosh- I sure hope this isn't another one of my black-bashing posts.
On Tuesday, the Senate health committee voted 12-11 in favor of a two-page amendment courtesy of Republican Tom Coburn that would require all Members and their staffs to enroll in any new government-run health plan. Yet all Democrats -- with the exceptions of acting chairman Chris Dodd, Barbara Mikulski and Ted Kennedy via proxy -- voted nay.
In other words, Sherrod Brown and Sheldon Whitehouse won't themselves join a plan that "will offer benefits that are as good as those available through private insurance plans -- or better," as the Ohio and Rhode Island liberals put it in a recent op-ed. And even a self-described socialist like Vermont's Bernie Sanders, who supports a government-only system, wouldn't sign himself up.
Sure, it narrowly passed. How embarrassing would it have been for the democrats if it didn't? But, should this monstrosity go through, it will be stripped in some backroom deal.