Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) says “he is inclined to vote against a budget deal to keep the government operating because it cuts a healthcare reform provision he authored last year,” The Hill reports.
The deal between President Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) would ax a Wyden-sponsored provision allowing people to opt out of employer-provided healthcare plans to buy coverage from public-private insurance exchanges.
“I am not going to support this raw special interest power,” he told reporters Tuesday afternoon. “The president has known personally how strongly I feel about this.”
“Without this provision more than 300,000 people would be in healthcare no-man’s land,” he said.
Wyden said he “would wait to hear what White House officials and Democratic leaders have to say about the concession before making a final decision on how to vote.”