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View Diary: VIDEO - Arlen Specter says NO on MTP to public health plan option (303 comments)

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  •  Look at what Specter said closely (4+ / 0-)
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    sherlyle, indres, Losty, mideedah

    He didn't foreclose the idea of accepting the tax on healthcare benefits. He just said that he would be "reluctant" to accept it. In other words, he won't accept the tax unless he gets something in return. In another diary over a week ago, someone wrote about Specter wanting funding for a new agency that granted money to biotechnology firms. I said at the time not knowing that he would become a Republican, that I would accept it in exchange for his support of a public option. At the time I guessed and I haven't done any research to support this assertion that Pennsylvania has a lot of biotech firms in that state. The agency will be able to funnel money to those biotech firms in Pennsylvania.

    But it looks like the support of "healthcare reform" will be conditioned on supporting the tax increase on healthcare benefits. I bet you the Republicans, Specter and "centrist" Democrats will get something in exchange for supporting the tax on healthcare benefits along with the other elements of healthcare reform.

    •  Put simply (3+ / 0-)
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      ademption, indres, Losty

      Specter is a Co-Sponsor of the S. 391 bill.

      This has as one of it's central positions elimination of tax-free status for health care premiums.

      You cannot simultaneously be against such and for such unless you are mad.

      But - the caveat "reluctant" or no which we both mentioned - that contradictory position set is exactly what Specter adopts.

      He is off his fucking rocker.

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