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Sen. Landrieu Blasts Public Option

October 22, 2009 - by Paul Blumenthal

The Hill’s Briefing Blog catches this NPR interview with Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-Louisiana) where the senator blasts the public option:

Describing the public option as a “government-run, taxpayer subsidized, national insurance plan,” Landrieu said it would likely replicate the problems faced by Medicare and Medicaid.

“Why don’t we fix the two public options we have now instead of creating a third one,” she told NPR’s “Tell Me More.”

Asked about polls showing public support for a government plan, Landrieu said the questions should be phrased differently.

“I think if you asked, do you want a public option but it would force the government to go bankrupt, people would say no,” she said.

I think you can count Landrieu in the anti-public option pool of Democratic senators.

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