Hill Times reported last week that McNerney doesn't think the Senate bill covers
enough of the uninsured and that it should include a "public option" insurance scheme.
These are complaints more common among the bill's ultra-liberal critics
than the conservative "Blue Dog" Democrats -- many of them representing constituencies similar to McNerney's -- who have also been slow to warm to health care
reform, citing its cost for small businesses and the threat a public option would pose to private insurers.
Maybe McNerney figures a "No" vote on reform, no matter the justification, is enough to appease conservatives in his district, which includes parts of the East Bay and Central Valley. At any rate, he has apparently been feeling the heat on how to cast his vote. If Pelosi's right, and the bill comes up for a vote by the end of the week, we should know where he stands soon enough.
Photo | Office of Congressman Jerry McNerney