Earlier in the day, single-payer advocate Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) switched his position also to approval, as he describes separately in an OpEd News column.
The afternoon forum hosted by Conyers was in the same Judiciary Committee hearing room where he had co-chaired a unique forum Oct. 27 showcasing public option advocates, which I reported for OpEd News. click here
In the March 17 session, disappointed progressives dominated the questionsby challenging both Dean and Conyers.
The session began with one protester calling Dean a "bio-tech shill" for supporting the legislation. Conyers and staff tried unsuccessfully to persuade him to hold his comments until Dean could speak. But the critic harangued Dean for about two minutes, leaving before security could arrive.
Dean then told the remaining audience that he works for a law firm that has an innovative bio-tech client, but is not a lobbyist and doesn't get paid more because of that client.