Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Just when you thought they had gone the way of the DoDo bird, House Dems decide to surprise everyone and jump feet first into the healthcare debate and school President Obama!
Their message? No Public Option — No Healthcare Reform.
According to a letter attained by the blog FireDogLake and sent to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and signed by Reps. Raul Grijalva, Lynn Woolsey and Barbara Lee:
Dear Secretary Sebelius,
We write to you concerning your recent comments about the public option in health insurance reform.
We stand in strong opposition to your statement that the public option is “not the essential element” of comprehensive reform. The opportunity to improve access to healthcare is a onetime opportunity. Americans deserve reform that is real-not smoke and mirrors. We cannot rely solely on the insurance companies’ good faith efforts to provide for our constituents. A robust public option is essential, if we are to ensure that all Americans can receive healthcare that is accessible, guaranteed and of high-quality.
To take the public option off the table would be a grave error; passage in the House of Representatives depends upon inclusion of it.
We have attached, for your review, a letter from 60 Members of Congress who are firm in their Position that any legislation that moves forward through both chambers, and into a final proposal for the President’s signature, MUST contain a public option.
The president along with top administration officials this weekend wimped out and dropped Mr. Obama’s campaign vow to include a government-run, public plan in any version of healthcare reform amid phony, rightwing radio-staged displays of outrage at town halls across the country.