Ex-Sen. Dan Coats (R) on 9/1 called for a do-over in health care reform and an extension of all tax cuts approved during the Bush admin. During a visit to Berry Plastics, Coats “criticized” Rep. Brad Ellsworth (D-08) for voting with his party’s cong. leadership on health care and other key issues.
He said his meeting on 9/1 with Berry Plastics execs., which was closed to reporters, “reinforced what I’m hearing all across the state. … They don’t want more taxes, more regulations, more Washington. They want less of that.” Coats said is GOPers control Congress next year, they should urge Pres. Obama to “start over on health care, take incremental steps as we can afford them … but I don’t think the president is going to do that.”
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Ellsworth spokesperson Liz Farrar responded by criticizing Coats’ Senate votes “for unfair trade agreements that led to thousands of Indiana jobs being shipped overseas, then he made millions as his lobbying firm’s outsourcing division destroyed our manufacturing base and the communities that relied on it” (Martin, Evansville Courier & Press, 9/2).