Sanders on Health Bill: 'Not Voting for It'

Independent senator wanted public options since excised
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 16, 2009 8:36 PM CST

(Newser) – Senate Democrats might’ve secured Joe Lieberman’s vote for the health-reform bill by killing various government-funded options, but they look to have lost another independent in the process. “I’m struggling with this,” Vermont’s Bernie Sanders told Fox News tonight. “As of this point, I’m not voting for the bill.”

“I’m going to do my best to make this bill a better bill, a bill that I can vote for, but I’ve indicated both to the White House and the Democratic leadership that my vote is not secure at this point,” he added. “And here is the reason. When the public option was withdrawn, because of Lieberman’s action, what I worry about is how do you control escalating health care costs?”

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