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.
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...