Arguing that “the worst thing to do is nothing,” former President Bill Clinton rounded up Senate Democrats for a talking-to about their upcoming vote on the health care reform legislation passed by the House of Representatives last weekend. Clinton emphasized the need for action and reminded his audience that “there is no perfect bill.” —KA
The Washington Post:
“People trust him,” said Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., one of the architects of the current Senate health care bill.
“His argument was that getting the best bill is not only good for the people, it’s the best politics,” said Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., one of a clutch of moderates who hold the fate of the legislation in their hands.
Clinton said he hoped all the senators understood his bottom line: “It’s not important to be perfect here,” he said. “It’s important to act, to move, to start the ball rolling.”