On MSNBC today, Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA) argued that if President Obama wanted to find a “bipartisan” health care solution, he should vow to veto any reform legislation that contains a public option or a co-op. “Let’s don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good,” said Gingrey. “Let’s remove the public option, and also anything that smacks of a public option, like a co-op. And indeed, I will veto that if it comes to my desk with that in there.” Watch it:
Gingrey claimed that the American people “are rejecting the public option,” but this isn’t supported by public opinion. Last month, SurveyUSA found that 77 percent of Americans support a “choice” between a government-run health care insurance option and private coverage. Gingrey also says that a bill without a public option would be “a good bill that we can all agree on,” but a significant amount of Democrats will not agree to a bill without a public option.