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Congressional Progressive Caucus Draws a Line in the Sand Regarding Health Care Reform

Urged on by progressives such as Jane Hamsher at firedoglake and grassroots organizations such as Democracy For America and the Progressive Democrats of America, the Progressive Caucus decided to clear the air when there were hints the public option might be dropped and when Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the public option was “not the essential element in comprehensive reform”. Raul Grijalva, Co-Chair of the Progressive Caucus sent a letter exclaiming disappointment in what Sebelius said and warning that the public option MUST be included in the final bill to recieve the votes of the members of the CPC. The members signed another letter that was sent to Speaker Pelosi and the House leadership that said they would oppose any weakening of the public option. Since the public option IS the key to real reform, it was good to see the caucus stand its ground on the major cost containment element in the bill HR 3200.

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