They say they won’t pass any plan that doesn’t have a public option in it, and that inflexible position could scuttle the whole thing.
House liberals are warning the Senate, Democratic leaders and President Barack Obama that a government-run insurance option must be included in any health reform bill, or else the powerful bloc will vote it down.
â€œUsually, we work behind the scenes to strengthen legislation,â€ said Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.), co-chairwoman of the 80-member Congressional Progressive Caucus. â€œWeâ€™re careful not to take on our partyâ€™s leadership, or President Obama.
â€œThis time, however, is different.â€
Woolsey made it clear that she and many of her colleagues will vote to kill a health care plan if it leaves patients at the mercy of private health insurance companies.
Would they literally cut off their noses to spite their faces? Are they that shortsighted?
More as it develops…