8.18.2009

60 House Progressives Say, "No Public Option, No Health Care Reform"

Congressional Progressives have drawn their line in the sand and if you think they're not willing to kill health care reform if there isn't a strong "Public Option" in the final bill, think again, Mr. President.

From TPM:

Sixty House Democrats have warned the Obama administration--in no uncertain terms--that they'll vote against a health care bill unless it contains a public option.

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In a letter sent yesterday to Health and Human Service Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, the co-chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus write, "We stand in strong opposition to your statement that the public option is "not the essential element" of comprehensive reform."



You can read yesterday's letter here. The 60 signatories are the 57 who signed this, separate letter, plus three more. Back in July, progressives warned House leaders that a number of concessions to Blue Dog Democrats would have to be reversed if the final legislation was to stand a chance on the House floor. Those differences were quickly papered over, but they were also much smaller differences. Now, they're letting it be known that they will oppose any legislation--the House bill or the conference report--will die if it doesn't contain a public option.

Your move, Senate.

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