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congresswoman maxine waters + townhall on healthcare = naming neanderthal senators

August 24, 2009

As President Obama begins his vacation in Martha’s Vineyard this week, the fiery debate over health care reform continues to rage. The latest member of congress to wade into the issue is California Rep. Maxine Waters, a liberal Democrat who at a town hall over the weekend,  implored the president not to drop the public option plan and said his efforts at bipartisanship are futile.

“Yes, we know that you are a nice man, that you want to work with the opposite side of the aisle. But there comes a time when you need to drop that and move forward,” she said. “We’re saying to you, Mr. President, ‘Be tough. Use everything that you’ve got. Do what you have to do. And we have your back.’ ”

The longtime congresswoman, whose district includes much of Los Angeles, also described some senators who are opposed to the health care reform bill as “Neanderthals.”

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