Sen. Rockefeller: I will not vote for Baucus bill 

"There is no way in its present form that I will vote for it."

That's what Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., says of the health care reform plan currently sef forth by Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont. Without a government-run public option insurance plan, Rockefeller said, he cannot support the health care reform bill.

Rockefeller's statement, made in the middle of a conference call with the liberal Campaign for America's Future just moments ago, demonstrates just how complex a task Democratic leaders face. Tweak it one way, and you lose moderate Democrats. Tweak it another way, and you lose liberal Democrats like Rockefeller.

Even worse, a failure to pass any bill would be a serious embarrassment for President Obama on his signature issue.

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David Freddoso

David Freddoso came to the Washington Examiner in June 2009, after serving for nearly two years as a Capitol Hill-based staff reporter for National Review Online. Before writing his New York Times bestselling book, The Case Against Barack Obama, he spent three years assisting Robert Novak, the legendary Washington... more
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