Update — Sen. Sanders is a NO, the SEIU & the AFL-CIO may be a NO on ObamaCare
The Hill is reporting that Senator Sanders is a NO on ObamaCare:
Asked by Fox Business Network’s Neil Cavuto asked Sanders if he could support the compromise bill. The senator replied “I’m struggling with this. As of this point I am not voting for the bill. And here’s why.”
Sanders, who favors a single-payer healthcare system, said that he has informed the White House and Democratic leadership of his position.
“As of this moment. I am going to do my best to make this bill a better bill, a bill that I can vote for but I’ve indicated both to the White House and the Democratic leadership that my vote is not secure at this point,” he said.
And this just in from the Huffington Post regarding the SEIU and the AFL-CIO’s support for ObamaCare:
“Two of the country’s largest labor groups, the SEIU and the AFL-CIO, are each holding emergency executive meetings today to discuss whether they should support the latest round of health care compromises made by Senate Democrats.
Though there’s no official word yet, early indications based on talks with various officials are that the groups will either formally oppose the legislation or, less dramatically, just not fight very hard to ensure its passage.”
The White House backing Lieberman’s demands are figuring prominently in the left’s push back against the bill. It is safe to say they really, really do not like Lieberman and just the fact that he is the one who pulled forced the deal to pull the public option and kill the Medicare expansion, may be as objectionable to the left as the deal to pull the provisions — that is, if and when they get 60 votes on the Senate floor to do it.
And Howard Dean keeps pounding the Senate bill — “We’ve gotten to this stage … in Washington where passing any bill is a victory, and that’s the problem,” Dean said. “Decisions are being about the long-term future of this country for short-term political reasons, and that’s never a good sign.” He also said the bill “does more harm than good,” and “it is not worth passing.”