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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Dems, who didn't read it, now ask for chance to fix it

Nervous Democrats are grasping for a new message on their party’s health care reform bill: Give us another shot, and we’ll get it right this time.

“I want to reform it and fix it and make sure that it works for small businesses and their families,” Alexi Giannoulias, the Democrat seeking President Barack Obama’s old Senate seat, said on “Meet the Press” on Sunday.

“If you can fix it — Democrats and Republicans agree on six or seven items — that’s a pretty darn good start,” West Virginia Gov. and Democratic Senate candidate Joe Manchin told Fox News on Monday.

“I’d like to fix health care,” Democratic Kentucky Senate candidate Jack Conway said in a debate last week with Republican contender Rand Paul. “He wants to repeal it. And I think that’s a stark difference.”

Giannoulias, Manchin and Conway weren’t in Congress when Democrats pushed through the reform bill earlier this year. But even some Democratic incumbents who voted for the bill are now saying that it’s time to go back in and change it.

“Is the bill perfect? Absolutely not,” Rep. Brad Ellsworth said during a debate with other Indiana Senate candidates Monday. “Will it be added to and deleted from? It will.”

North Dakota Rep. Earl Pomeroy told one local newspaper last month that “improvements need to be made” in the bill. Then he followed up by telling another paper that “none of us believe our work is done or that the bill is perfect.”  (Continues at POLITICO)

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