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Plouffe Says Ping-Pong Still ‘Sound Option’

David Plouffe, the campaign manager for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, said ping-ponging the Senate bill through the House is a “sound option.”

“[T]he health care plan has become a caricature. And if we walk away from it now everyone who supported it is going to have all of the downside and none of the upside.” Not passing health care reform legislation would be “the worst thing we can do as a Democratic party.”

As to what strategy Democrats should pursue in a Senate with only 59 Democratic votes, Plouffe said “the bill that was passed out of the Senate accomplishes a lot of the president’s priorities or all of them: Lowering costs, ending insurance company abuses, providing coverage in a way that’s going to strengthen our country for the long term.”

Asked about plans to have House Democrats pass the Senate bill, Plouffe said, “to me, it would probably be the, you know, a sound option because I think we cannot wait in this country.”

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