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60 Members of Congressional Progressive Caucus Say “No Public Plan, No Conference”

August 17, 2009

The Honorable Kathleen Sebelius
Secretary, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
200 Independence Avenue, S.W. Washington, D.C. 20201

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.


Raul Grijalva
Congressional Progressive Caucus
Lynn Woolsey
Congressional Progressive Caucus
Barbara Lee
Congressional Black Caucus

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Rep. Donna Edwards | Why Obama Needs Tough Love

Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Md.

Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Md.

Representative Donna Edwards (Maryland) provides a look into the Congressional Progressive Caucus and urges progressives to speak up and challenge the Obama presidency to deliver innovative and powerful legislation. Edwards discussed the state of the presidency at the “Obama @ 100: A Progress Report from The Nation” forum April 22 in Washington, DC.

Edwards believes the president is taking the U.S.  in the wrong direction in Afghanistan. She argues that Obama has no plan for winning and no strategy for getting out.
Congress “failed” its responsibility to challenge George Bush ‘s policies in Iraq, Edwards said in an interview. “And we can’t make that mistake with President Obama.”  

Edwards Q & A   

Edwards (D-Md)

Edwards (D-Md)

Edwards discusses her background and the current political climate in Maryland, her home state, and on Capitol Hill.  [CSPAN December 10, 2008]

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