Rep. Salazar still listed as supporter of public option

U.S. Rep. John Salazar, D-Colo., remained a listed supporter of the public option for health care on a Web site operated by Howard Dean, the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

Salazar’s name appeared on the list of supporters of the public option as the result of a letter from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, of which Salazar is a member, Mary Rickles of Democracy for America said in an e-mailed response to the Sentinel.

“We then — in every single case — called their offices and verified the answer,” Rickles wrote.

Democracy for America is the umbrella organization set up by Howard Dean, a physician, former Vermont governor and former chairman of the Democratic National Committee. One of its arms is the http://www.standwithDrDean.com site, which advocates for the public option.

Republicans last week pointed to Salazar’s appearance on the Web site, along with four other Democrat representatives from Colorado, as proof that Salazar was a backer of the so-called public option for health insurance.

“Any implication that the congressman has signed anything of the sort is nothing but a lie,” Wortman replied to a question about the Dean Web site.

Salazar’s office didn’t respond immediately to a question as to whether officials had asked to be removed from the Dean site.

Salazar told The Daily Sentinel in September that he would support a public option “if it’s the only way to pass reform.”


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