Sen. Harkin: 'Silent Majority' Back Health Care Reform

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Sen. Harkin: 'Silent Majority' Back Health Care Reform


INDIANOLA, Iowa - Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin predicts Congress will approve a health care reform bill this fall that includes a public option, saying a "silent majority" of Americans favor such an overhaul.

Speaking with reporters Sunday at a Democratic fundraiser, Harkin promised passage of "a bill before we go home for Christmas." He says the measure will include a government insurance option.

Harkin's views have grown in importance since he was named chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee after the death of Sen. Ted Kennedy.

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Harkin says there is little political risk in backing health care reform and that the real danger is opposing changes.

He contends "there is a silent majority all over America that understands we need health care reform and we need it now."


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