Cohen Says He Could Vote for a Health-Care Bill Without a Public Option

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For those interested parties who have been keen for some sign from 9th District congressman Steve Cohen as to whether he’d vote for a health-care bill that lacks a public-option provision, the wait is over. The congressman isn’t necessarily tied to the public option as a be-all and end-all. Here’s how he put it Friday, after participating at Frayser Park in a kick-off event for Infant Mortality Month:

“Let’s see what bill comes to the floor. If it’s a bill that comes up that is a better health-care program than exists today and is something that has an opportunity for more health- care centers and more family docs and can eliminate pre-existing conditions and get wellness programs and all those things, it would be better than what we have today, and I could support it.”

As he has before, Cohen stressed his preference: “I’d rather — I want a public option, I’ve strongly lobbied for a public option.” But he said he wouldn’t vote to kill a bill without a public-option provision that had the other characteristics he’d cited. “If you did that, there are a lot of bills that you might not have voted for that weren’t perfect. The perfect shouldn’t be the enemy of the good.”

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