Feingold Blasts White House’s “Lack of Support” for Public Option

A leading Senate proponent of the public option blasted the White House for a “lack of support” for the provision’s inclusion in health reform legislation.

Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) said he would vote in favor of the Senate’s healthcare bill, but not without taking a terse shot at the White House.

“I’ve been fighting all year for a strong public option to compete with the insurance industry and bring health care spending down,” Feingold said Sunday in a statement. “Unfortunately, the lack of support from the administration made keeping the public option in the bill an uphill struggle.”

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