August 5, 2009: Junior Dems split on health bill (Politico)

  • “There was a general agreement that we needed to move forward — history is going to judge whether we’re courageous or timid or right or wrong,” said Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), who was elected in 2006 and who said she’s encouraged by efforts in the Finance Committee to forge a compromise. “Not doing anything when these costs are escalating for the American people is the wrong thing to do.”
  • But asked whether he was open to compromise on the public option, Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), who was appointed this year to fill a vacant seat and faces what could be a tough election next year, said: “I think that it's not a huge benefit for anybody, certainly not to the American people, to draw lines in the sand. I got people in my state that are losing their health insurance every day … .”