loveangelc (loveangelc) wrote in ontd_political,

Feingold: Blame Obama, Not Lieberman, for watered-down healthcare

Liberals have blamed Lieberman, some publicly and many privately, for forcing Reid to drop the public option, which for many liberals had been a crucial piece of reform.

But most Democratic senators have been careful not to criticize the lawmaker, whose support is necessary to reach the 60 votes Democrats need to pass the bill.

Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.), among the most vocal supporters of the public option, said it would be unfair to blame Lieberman for its apparent demise. Feingold said that responsibility ultimately rests with President Barack Obama and he could have insisted on a higher standard for the legislation.

“This bill appears to be legislation that the president wanted in the first place, so I don’t think focusing it on Lieberman really hits the truth,” said Feingold. “I think they could have been higher. I certainly think a stronger bill would have been better in every respect.”

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