Dean approves of Senate healthcare deal

An agreement on how to proceed on reform gets a boost from a big liberal voice

Published December 9, 2009 7:35PM (EST)

Some important liberals are already getting in line behind the Senate's healthcare reform deal, as Gabriel Winant noted in an earlier post. And the biggest of them all -- at least when it comes to talk of healthcare, and a certain swath of progressives -- is backing the agreement as well.

"This is what should have been done in the first place," former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean said on CBS News Wednesday morning. He also called the deal "real reform." (Video below, with a hat-tip to Political Wire.)

Not everyone's been swayed, though. Two of the liberal blogosphere's biggest names, Markos Moulitsas of Daily Kos fame and Firedoglake's Jane Hamsher, are both disappointed with the deal, and with Democrats trying to play it up for donations.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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