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Feb 16, 2010 7:37 PM by Greg Boyce

Colorado Senator favors reconciliation on health care

Senator Michael Bennet (D-Colorado) has written a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, asking him to push forward with health care reform legislation using budget reconciliation rules. 

"Too many people in Washington believe that just saying you are for health care reform is a substitute for actually getting something done," said Bennet on his website. "While some choose to stall progress under the pretext of principle, more and more Americans are losing the health care coverage they need. Coloradans deserve better than political leaders who care more about the special interests than the people we're supposed to represent. They deserve a Washington that is more concerned about the thousands of dollars being lost by families struggling to pay for coverage than the millions being spent by special interests intent on stopping reform in its tracks."

Bennet's statement was met with an immediate comment from Republican Senate candidate Jane Norton.  She wrote in a news release, “Senator Bennet has reliably demonstrated a disconnect with Coloradans on the issue of healthcare, but today’s letter crossed the line into outright contempt for their wishes.” She also wrote, “This is exactly the kind of political gamesmanship that has people fed up with Congress and Senator Bennet in particular.”

President Barack Obama will be in Denver Thursday to raise money for Bennet.

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