Bernie Sanders,who had warned he would vote against the Senate health care reform bill,now is supporting it. Along with the votes of Sherrod Brown and Ben Nelson, Sander’s vote puts the Dems over the top and should assure passage. His reasoning in a statement released from the Senator’s ofice:
A $10 billion investment in community health centers, expected to go to $14 billion when Congress completes work on health care reform legislation, was included in a final series of changes to the Senate bill unveiled today.The provision, which would provide primary care for 25 million more Americans, was requested by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).
He said the additional resources will help bring about a revolution in primary health care in America and create new or expanded health centers in an additional 10,000 communities. The provision would also provide loan repayments and scholarships through the National Health Service Corps to create an additional 20,000 primary care doctors, dentists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and mental health professionals.