Dean left before I could ask my question: Why would the public trust Democrats later to reform a flawed plan if only Democrats voted for it in the first place?.
Conyers, who was by then presiding, responded, "That's a question for Gov. Dean," while segueing into a description of benefits of the bill.
He said his bottom-line is that a single-payer system would be more likely to occur with the bill signed than in defeat.
After the forum closed Conyers fielded more questions for about 20 minutes, including some by supporters of the bill.
Conyers, now 81 and the second longest-serving House member aside from his former boss and Democratic Michigan colleague Rep. John Dingell, spent most of his time in his usual courtly manner listening to progressive critics and trying to explain his constraints and concerns.