Patrick Murphy says he’s in a conservative district but he supports a public plan anyway.  But when Mike Stark asks him to give him a commitment to vote against a bill that doesn’t have one, he says:

I’m telling you right now that I’m for a public option.  I’m also telling you that I will vote for a bill that tackles the health care challenge that Americans face right now.  And whatever it’s labeled — if it’s a co-op and it’s — you know, I want to make sure that I’m looking you in the eye and I’m telling you.  I’m fighting for this, I am out on a limb.  I’m in a tough district, I only won by .6 percent.  All right?  If I don’t win my reelection, that’s okay, if I tackle America’s challenges right now, and that’s what I’m trying to do.

How about a two-fer?  You don’t vote for a huge bailout of the insurance industry and you get re-elected in a conservative district.

The co-op plan was expressly designed to decentralize control by keeping it at the state level where the ability to negotiate to keep costs down at the national level is neutered.  You can’t be fiscally responsible and for the co-op at the same time.  On the up side, it probably does keep your health insurance industry donors happy.

Call him and let him know conservatives don’t like health insurance companies either:  (202) 225-4276, (215) 826-1963, (215) 348-1194

Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher

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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