60 House Dems School Obama: No Public Option, No Healthcare Reform

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.

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18 Responses to 60 House Dems School Obama: No Public Option, No Healthcare Reform

  1. Lori1979 says:

    How about that?

    The Democratic House is relevant after all and filled with players. There may be hope for the public option after all.

    BTW, Christopher. This picture of Obama is brutal!

  2. Christopher says:

    The liberal Dems will fold. This is all well intentioned posturing and the White House knows it. Hope I’m wrong, if conservative Dems would filibuster public option vote let alone not vote for it, what’s the point of 60 seats in the Senate?

  3. bradfrmphnx says:


  4. Rachel says:

    One thing gets forgotten is this. Pelosi has a well-funded challenger in her district come 2010. She’s not as popular as many think and it is very likely she will suffer a resounding defeat. If Pelosi goes down in flames, the Dems may not hold onto the House. Healthcare and the public option, while of no import to her personally, is hugely important in the larger scheme of the things. Like her reelection. She’s going to force Obama’s hand on this one.

  5. DMason says:

    Rachel – Pelosi has a challenger? Well, good. I think we need to return to divided government. President Obama traipses around like it’s all so damned easy and as a result, nothing is getting done. Presidents need to be backed into a corner to make them step up their game.

  6. fairlane says:

    As you know, homie, I’ve never been a fan of Obama.

    And the last few days are exactly the reason.

    I hope they’re serious, and I hope they finally, FINALLY, decide to tell the Wingnuts to go Fuck Themselves.

    I also hope to win the lottery tomorrow without actually purchasing a ticket.

  7. TOM339 says:

    I get the impression that President Obama doesn’t have a lot of support within the Democratic party.

    Some presidents just command it. Bush, was carried around like a King. Even Clinton had a lot of friends in the Democratic house and senate. I don’t see it for Obama.

    All these Democrats should be out there vocally supporting healthcare reform but most hide in the shadows.

  8. JollyRoger says:

    I’m telling you, only reconciliation is going to work this time. The President can twist a few arms, get this in place, and generate a bunch more support in the 2010 cycle for having done so. Or he can do what he’s done his entire career, which is to try to placate the racist inbreds, which will get him nowhere. The choice seems like an easy one to me.

  9. lea-lea says:

    Obama’s circle of support is shrinking.

    From the loyalists to the media, he is starting to appear like a president who has been in office 3 years and not a scant 200+ days.

    I didn’t think crash-and-burn is a phrase I would use with this president but I guess I was wrong.

  10. jimmy says:

    The problem is not the house so much as the senate. Whatever bill passes the house, public option or not, must also pass the senate and the votes don’t appear to be there due to the blue dogs who are in the pocket of the health insurance companies and big Pharma. Obama must find his inner LBJ and start twisting arms.

  11. libhomo says:

    The public option already is a huge compromise. We need single payer.

  12. Nice to see the Democrats essentially together on one point, at least.

  13. Fran says:

    The money is preciousssssssssss

    Money for war
    no money for healthcare
    Wealthcare- Insurance profiteers are stuffing Congress members pockets with millions.

    No way they can be *impartial*.

    In a perfect world, Congress would wind up with whatever health care plan they concoct.

    No more us & them. No more cadillac policy & the dregs for the masses.

    Obama has already backtracked on that remark….
    but- what the HELL are both house & senate majorities doing?

    We need a lion to roar & pull it together.
    I miss Ted Kennedy.

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  15. Sammy says:

    All obama will do is outsource anyways. Just think about the all the lobbyists flocking to Washington DC because of obama’s reckless over-spending of $2 TRILLION in just 6 months, which alone is increasing the National Debt by 20%.

    Politicians take people’s money and reward the large corporations, in this case companies in the health care industry, since they have the money to more effectively lobby politicians. In the end smaller businesses will be hurt.

    Politicians will only reward companies that will be in their best political interest. Honestly, when can you really trust politicians since they are basically professional liars, and being president just means you are the best liar of the time. Why not just give the money directly from the people to the companies and take politicians in government out of the equation?

    obama is going to recklessly spend TRILLIONS of tax payers’ money just to give insurance to about 25% of those who do not have it. Over 50% of people’s income go towards taxes, just imagine how many more people will afford health care insurance if their income is almost doubled because of dramatic tax cuts.

    Competition is what is needed. It lowers prices of products and services, along with developing new innovations. All of which will benefit consumers. You need to remember that monopolistic tendencies can also apply to government.

    The reason why the cost of insurance is high is because politicians in government mandate insurance companies to increase their premiums to pay for ridiculous things. In addition, politicians put up regulations so that Americans are not allowed to get insurance from another state and use the coverage in their own state. This reduces competition making it more expensive for people to get insurance. On top of that medical professionals are not allowed to freely practice their profession in any US state without taking a long and tedious licensing process. This again increases the cost of medical insurance.

    In the end, the problem with most economic issues is too much government intervention of the economy by politicians, who will only tend to do things for political self interest. Just like how obama nationalized GM to pander to its unions. Politicians can barely run government, yet people think they can run a multi-national auto manufacturing company?

    The solution is SMALLER government, LESS spending, and LOWER taxes.

  16. henryyoung says:

    Why can’t just those why pay taxes get health benefits…how b’out that Obama and the rest of the health care reform starters??? NO seriously, this I could be in favor of, but not just letting any old person that comes to America, even the illegal’s to get healthcare and our taxes go up the roof???? No, sure, I will cont. to fight this…

  17. fairlane says:

    Sammy is laying out the cliche “Libertarian” argument. In other words, plenty of steam, but little substance.

    Offer some proof for your claims, your opinion, stated as fact, is simply not good enough.

    One could easily say, “Health care costs keep rising because insurance companies, hospitals, doctors, and drug companies know people have no choice, but to pay up. Either that or potentially die.”

    The idea that industry needs fewer regulations is obscene, and borders on retarded.

    The banking industry collapsed because no one was watching over them. Over 60% of the institutions participating in the high risk loan scheme were not regulated by the Fed, period. At all. Zip. Zilch. No FDIC, no Government Regulation.

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