Can we give Rep. Raul Grijalva a medal?

Via BooMan, whose scatter shot leaves Rahm Emanuel holding a limp BA 1100 NST Ring, a letter to Obama from the chairman of the House Progressive Caucus, Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Arizona):

July 7, 2009
The Honorable Barack Obama
President of the United States
1600 Pennsylvania Aye, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20500

Dear Mr. President,

I read with alarm and dismay the article in the July 7th edition of the Wall Street Journal, "White House Open to Deal on Public Health Plan". In particular, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel stated in the article that one of several ways to meet your health care reform goals is a mechanism under which a public plan is introduced only if the marketplace fails to provide sufficient competition on its own.

I want to be crystal clear that any such trigger for a strong public plan option is a non-starter with a majority of the Members of the Progressive Caucus (CPC). As the CPC has repeatedly stated, its Members cannot support final passage of any health care reform bill that does not include a robust public plan option, akin to Medicare, operating alongside the private plans.

Public opinion polls show that 76% of Americans want a robust public plan option and I will stand in solidarity with them. Moreover, I consider it unacceptable for any of the cost savings that you are negotiating with hospitals and other sectors of the health care industry to be made contingent upon a robust public plan option not being included in the final legislation.

Thank you for your thoughtful consideration.


Raul Grijalva

Emphasis mine: Rep. Grijalva deserves a medal on that one sentence alone, if he holds true to it? Same could be said of the entire Progressive Caucus if they give us all a Medicare like Public Option...

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They're doing what they can which is superb. 

I hope they can leverage the 'bipartisan' tendency right out of Obama's White House. 

It's probably many in the crew of "bipartisans" who were responsible for wrecking chances for the national health care plan in the mid-90s. 

"Change" - c'mon, the only real change will be to finally extract the Board of Directors, Inc from control of policy seting in Congress and the White House.  It's time.

"I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations which dare already to challenge our government in a trial of strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country." - Thomas Jefferson

Many unaffiliated liberals (I guess some more socialist leaning, as well?) have recognized that there is a really good chance to move debate and legislation a little more towards an honest Centrist position (IE: Not the Radical American Centrist) in the House Progressive Caucus. Not that any of us/them expect miracles but with a block of 70 votes and growing in power the CPC can now claim a reasonable lock on legislation coming out of the House if they really want to. I tweeted that Bowers article linked there and, surprisingly, the people that really liked it and sent it to their friends were not the Democratic party die hard supporters but the unaffiliated left.

It appears that they are the only lever the left, from moderate liberal to the more leftier, has.