Harkin: ‘Strong Public Option’ Will Pass by Christmas « The Washington Independent
The Iowa Independent reports a bold prediction today from Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa):
At his 32nd annual Steak Fry fundraiser, U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) was cheered by an enthusiastic crowd when he declared that a health care reform bill would pass both houses of Congress “by Christmas,” and that it would include a government-run, not-for-profit health insurance plan.
“Mark my word — I’m the chairman — it’s going to have a strong public option,” said Harkin, who last week replaced the late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) as chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) committee.
“[It] now falls to me to pick up the torch” left by Kennedy, he noted.