Gibbs on Dean: Nobody 'Rational' Would Kill the Bill
'I don't know what legislation he's reading,' says press chief
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 16, 2009 3:46 PM CST
In this Jan. 30, 2008 file photo, former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean testifies before the legislature in Montpelier, Vt.   (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)
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(Newser) – White House press secretary Robert Gibbs fired back at Howard Dean today for encouraging progressives to kill the health care reform bill. Dean thinks the bill, without a public option, is now too compromised to deserve further support. "I would ask Dr. Dean, how better do you address those who don't have insurance: passing a bill that will cover 30 million who don't currently have it or killing the bill?"

"I don't think any rational person would say killing the bill makes a whole lot of sense at this point," Gibbs continued, notes the Huffington Post. Dean called the bill's latest incarnation a gift to the insurance industry. Gibbs contested that assessment: "If this is an insurance company's dream, I think the insurance companies have yet to get the memo."