Senator Russ Feingold thinks health care reform supporters may finally be getting a word in edgewise. Feingold says people interested in knowing what’s really in the Democrats’ health care plans should go to the House of Representatives’ web site and look up House File 3200 – because the Senate doesn’t really have a bill yet.
Local Republican, ‘Tea Party’ and anti-abortion groups urged members to pack the meeting, and some 150 people who attended loudly cheered opponents of health care reform legislation, and tried to shout down supporters of a public option.
Feingold sat calmly as speakers called Social Security and Medicare “theft” and demanded elimination of those programs, federal education support and programs for the poor.
Feingold said last week he didn’t think a health care reform bill ‘would pass by Christmas or even this year’ but now thinks supporters have ‘balanced’ the debate after opponents dominated the early discussions.
Feingold calls the death of Senator Edward Kennedy a huge loss, although not one that will have a practical effect on the health care debate
Submitted by Jeff Petersen, WIXK