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Elliot Engel Wasn’t Always Muttering “Weasel Words” on the Public Plan

Yesterday, Mike Stark spoke with Elliot Engel, who is spouting the weasel words du jour — while he thinks the public plan is important, he’s open to other ways of "keeping costs down."

His tune seems to have changed. A reader alerts me to his opening statement on July 16 at the Energy & Commerce Committee markup of H.R. 3200 (VIDEO):

While I am a proud cosponsor of H.R. 676, Chairman Conyers’ bill to create a single payer system, I strongly support the underlying bill here. However, while I am willing to compromise on single payer given the political realities, I must remain adamant that we must retain a strong and robust public health insurance option in this bill throughout markup and conference with the Senate.

I guess that business about "I’ll never say what’s going to happen down the road" is some kind of new personal rule that he’s adopted in the past 2 months. Just as Rep. Ellison and Grijalva are trying to whip the 40 votes necessary among those who are "adamant" that a final bill "must retain a strong and robust health insurance option."

How convenient.

Call Rep. Engel’s office and ask him what changed: (202) 225-2464, (718) 796-9700, (845) 735-1000, (914) 699-4100

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Elliot Engel Wasn’t Always Muttering “Weasel Words” on the Public Plan

Yesterday Mike Stark spoke with Elliot Engel, who is spouting the weasel words du jour — while he thinks the public plan is important, he’s open to other ways of "keeping costs down."

His tune seems to have changed.  A reader alerts me to his opening statement on July 16 at the Energy & Commerce Committee markup of H.R. 3200 (VIDEO):

While I am a proud cosponsor of H.R. 676, Chairman Conyers’ bill to create a single payer system, I strongly support the underlying bill here.  However, while I am willing to compromise on single payer given the political realities, I must remain adamant that we must retain a strong and robust public health insurance option in this bill throughout markup and conference with the Senate.

I guess that business about "I’ll never say what’s going to happen down the road" is some kind of new personal rule that he’s adopted in the past 2 months.  Just as Rep. Ellison and Grijalva are trying to whip the 40 votes necessary among those who are "adamant" that a final bill "must retain a strong and robust health insurance option."

How convenient.

Call Rep. Engel’s office and ask him what changed:  (202) 225-2464,  (718) 796-9700,  (845) 735-1000, (914) 699-4100

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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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