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Will Progressive Members Follow, as Grijalva Continues Push For Robust Public Option?

Brian Beutler

Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ)

WASHINGTON - Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ)--co-chair of the Congressional Progressive
Caucus--was not in attendance at today's health care bill unveiling.
But his office sends over the following quote, suggesting that he plans
to continue his push for a strong public option, even though the base
House bill doesn't go as far as he'd like.

"I am not rolling over. I will insist on a Medicare-plus-five
amendment on the Floor so that the full Caucus can vote on it. We are
hopeful that the Rules Committee will allow this amendment, which has
tremendous public support, to be voted on for the record."

Grijalva has been leading the charge in the House for a robust
public option, suggesting that progressives might defect from the final
bill if the plan isn't tied to Medicare reimbursement rates. We'll keep
an eye out for his next move.

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