Thumbs Up

Bill Frist: I'd Vote for Health Care

If only he were still in the Senate: Doctor and former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist has told Time magazine that he would vote for the health-care bill currently being debated by the Senate. "I would end up voting for it," the Republican said. "As leader, I would take heat for it. ... That's what leadership is all about." Frist complains that the bill doesn’t do enough to control costs, and thinks it will only extend coverage to about 20 million of the uninsured. Still, he supports the mandate, and criticizes conservatives for their alarmism: "Clearly, the death panels and public plan arguments have been overblown.”