Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY), chairman of the powerful Rules Committee, wrote in a CNN op-ed
today that the health care bill should be scrapped entirely.
"The Senate health care bill is not worthy of the historic vote that the House took a month ago," Slaughter wrote.
She listed her problems with the Senate bill: an individual mandate, no public option, no antitrust exemption and the Nelson abortion language, among other things.
"Supporters of the weak Senate bill say "just pass it -- any bill is better than no bill. I strongly disagree," she wrote. "It's time that we draw the line on this weak bill and ask the Senate to go back to the drawing board. The American people deserve at least that."
(H/T The Hill
: Slaughter's spokesman tells Greg Sargent
that she isn't ruling out voting for a bill, even if it doesn't have a public option.