Friday, September 4, 2009

The Progressive Caucus Letter To Pres. Obama

Here is the letter sent to President Obama... Nowhere does it seem to me they are warning him or sounding worried he is dropping the Public Option... If he has supposedly sent letters to different organizations saying he was dropping it.. that's according to the reporting today. Yet this letter doesn't say anything like that. They are just letting him know how they feel and where they stand and asking him to meet with them and to help them support the Public Option.

Congressional Progressive Caucus

83 Strong and Growing: Open to New and Different Ideas

September 3, 2009

The Honorable Barack Obama
President of the United States of America
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, D.C.

Dear President Obama:

Thank you for continuing to work with Members of Congress to draft a health reform bill that will provide the real health care reform this country needs.

We look forward to meeting with you regarding retaining a robust public option in any final health reform bill and request that that meeting take place as soon as possible.

Public opinion polls continue to show that a majority of Americans want the choice of a robust public plan and we stand in solidarity with them. We continue to support the robust public option that was reported out of the Committees on Ways and Means and Education and Labor and will not vote for a weakened bill on the House Floor or returning from a Conference with the Senate.

Any bill that does not provide, at a minimum, a public option built on the Medicare provider system and with reimbursement based on Medicare rates-not negotiated rates-is unacceptable. A plan with negotiated rates would ensure higher costs for the public plan, and would do nothing to achieve the goal of providing choice and competition to keep rates down. The public plan with set rates saves $75 billion, which could be lost if rates are negotiated with providers. Further, this public option must be available immediately and must not be contingent upon any trigger.

Mr. President, the need for reform is urgent. Every day, 14,000 Americans lose their health care coverage. We must have health care reform that will effectively bring down costs and significantly expand access. A health reform bill without a robust public option will not achieve the health reform this country so desperately needs. We cannot vote for anything less.

We look forward to meeting with you to discuss the importance of your support for a robust public plan, which we encourage you to reiterate in your address to the Joint Session of Congress on Wednesday.


Lynn C. Woolsey

Raul Grijalva


Sue said...

I keep telling you Annette, stop listening to neocons, they are spreading rumors so the dem party starts unraveling in front of their ugly faces. I have heard over and over, dems will not sign a bill with no public option and there WILL be a BILL SIGNING this YEAR! keep the faith!!

nonnie9999 said...

sue, i would go even further and say, stop listening to everyone. at this point, everything is just reading tea leaves, trying to parse every sentence uttered by everyone involved. the only thing we know for sure is that the rethugs (with the possible exception of olympia snowe) don't want reform. after that, all bets are off. don't get an ulcer (which may or may not be covered by your health insurance) and allow yourself to be driven crazy by all the pundits, bloggers, and talking heads on tv.

Sue said...

Annette I reread and understand, I sometimes hurry thru so I can comment or I didn't have on my glasses, like right now, LOL! I can't see so I better say good by LOL!