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CPC Insists on Public Plan Option in Health Care Reform


Congressional Progressive Caucus

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                       
April 2, 2009          

Contacts: Bill Goold (202-226-4055)
              Gloria Montano (202-225-2435)                                                    Chris Shields (202-225-5161)



PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS TO INSIST ON PUBLIC PLAN OPTION AS PART OF COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH CARE REFORM BILL

                    
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representatives Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) and Lynn Woolsey (D-CA), Co-Chairs of the 77-Member Congressional Progressive Caucus, have delivered a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, on behalf of CPC Members, advising them that progressives want all Americans to have a choice of securing health insurance coverage under a public plan or through private insurance carriers as part of any comprehensive health care reform legislation.  (See accompanying copy of official CPC letter.).

“Virtually the entire 77-Member Congressional Progressive Caucus prefers a single-payer approach to health care reform,” Grijalva and Woolsey emphasized, “so it should come as no surprise to our congressional leaders that we believe very strongly in the inclusion of a public plan option, at a minimum, in the final legislation if they want to count on progressive support. We have polled CPC Members very carefully in recent weeks and a strong majority will only support comprehensive health care reform legislation that includes a public plan option on a level playing field with private health insurance plans.”

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