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Congressional Dems Won't Back Down From Public Plan

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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.

From Roll Call:

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.

“Usually, we work behind the scenes to strengthen legislation,” said Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.), co-chairwoman of the 80-member Congressional Progressive Caucus. “We’re careful not to take on our party’s leadership, or President Obama.

“This time, however, is different.”

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…