Thursday, August 20, 2009

Cooper Under Liberal Attack Again

Posted By on Thu, Aug 20, 2009 at 7:43 AM

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They're playing their favorite game at Daily Kos again today, bashing our congressman for having the audacity to suggest that perhaps a little compromising is in order on this health care reform thing. Cooper's latest offense? He's saying the public option can't pass the Senate, so maybe we ought to find another way to keep the insurance companies honest.
"It's really not an ideological question; it's a question of how you pass a bill," he explained. "We don't have 60 Democratic votes in the Senate."

This seems like a simple statement of fact to Pith, but they don't see it that way at Daily Kos: "The fundamental dishonesty of Cooper is even worse because he is focusing on the Senate. He doesn't want to take responsibility for killing it in the House, perhaps out of fear of liberal backlash ..."

Cooper is backing nonprofit co-ops as an alternative to the public option among insurance choices. As this article explains, there's a lot not to like about co-ops. It depends on how they're set up. But even the White House is talking up co-ops as a possible way forward. Cooper is one of the few in Congress who's trying to help the president strike a deal that's palatable to all sides.

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