Thursday, September 24, 2009

When Life Gives You Lemons

Earlier this week, a health-care reform group called Grassroots4PublicOption delivered about 850 petition signatures to Sen. Jeff Bingaman's Santa Fe office calling for a health-care bill that includes a government-run insurance option.

In addition to the signatures were 60 lemons, which, like the petitions, were signed by people.

Why lemons?

"...the Senate Finance Committee health-care bill authored by Sen. Max Baucus, which doesn't include the public option, is a lemon," a press release said. Some of them were in a pitcher with a note that said, "Please make lemonade."

So what did Bingaman's office do with all those lemons?

"Some people are using them in water, and one person even made lemon bars that I’m told were quite delicious," Bingaman spokeswoman Jude McCartin said. "Meanwhile, Sen. Bingaman continues to work to improve the legislation. "