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Jim Moran: “The Votes are Not There” for Public Option

Marjorie W. reports:

The aide who answered the phone said Rep. Moran is in favor of the public option, but knows that the votes for it are not there, and wants to get something through rather than have the whole reform package voted down.

We’re trying to confirm with Moran’s office right now. But this is why "support for a public option" is just weasel words if they won’t vote against a bill that doesn’t have one — in the end, they’ll all vote for some shitty insurance industry bail out just to "pass something."

Moran’s offices: DC 202-225-4376, VA 703-971-4700

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Jim Moran: “The Votes Are Not There” For Public Option

Marjorie W. reports:

The aide who answered the phone said Rep. Moran is in favor of the public option, but knows that the votes for it are not there, and wants to get something through rather than have the whole reform package voted down.

We’re trying to confirm with Moran’s office right now.  But this is why "support for a public option" is just weasel words if they won’t vote against a bill that doesn’t have one — in the end, they’ll all vote for some shitty insurance industry bail out just to "pass something."  

Moran’s offices:  DC 202-225-4376, VA 703-971-4700

Update:  Moran’s office called back, and says Moran is opposed to a public plan until someone can tell him how we’re going to pay for it.  Moran voted for TARP I, TARP II, the $108 billion bailout of European banks and supplemental war funding and never asked how we were going to pay for it.  Sounds like a guy who sucked down $187 grand from lobbyists & lawyers last election cycle is looking for an excuse to book.

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Jane is the founder of Firedoglake.com. Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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