Ross Has the Last Word — Period

Posted August 16, 2009 at 12:40pm

Rep. Mike Ross, the chief health care negotiator for the Blue Dog Democrats, continued to separate himself from liberal members of the House Democratic Caucus with the “Last Word— Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.—The Arkansas Democrat reiterated his concern about the public insurance option under consideration: “I will not force government-run health care on anyone. If there ever is government-run health care, the first ones to sign up should be the president and every Member of Congress including myself.— And he said he expects bipartisan efforts taking place in the Senate to dominate the outcome. “What comes out of that conference report is what really matters. My guess is about 90 percent of it will be reflected from what is in the Senate Finance Committee bill,— he said, adding that the House bill needs more work: “I think we probably need to see a few more changes to it.—As a fiscal conservative, he made sure to drive home his stance regarding the potential costs of health care form: “I will not support a health care reform bill that is not deficit-neutral, period.—And it wouldn’t be a health care discussion without some mention of the so-called death panels that have taken such a prominent role in the debate.“I will never vote for a bill to kill old people, period,— he said.“You should be able to keep the insurance you’ve got today if you like it and always choose your own doctor,— he said. “No federal funding for illegal immigrants or for abortion, and no rationing of health care.—