Why is Tom Daschle taking money to advise an insurer that’s against the creation of a public health care option—a measure he supports? Pish-posh, the former Senate majority leader tells Deborah Solomon in the New York Times. Who would doubters on the left “advise these insurance companies talk to? They can talk to Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin or they can talk to me,” he tells the New York Times Magazine in its weekly Q&A.
Asked about President Obama’s performance selling health care reform, Daschle, who dropped out as health secretary-designate amid word he owed $140,000 in back taxes, says, “We have to do better at making this issue a moral imperative. This in many respects is the civil rights battle of the early part of this century ... it’s a fight for equal rights when it comes to health.”