Friday, September 04, 2009

Congressional Black Caucus to Obama: No Public Option, No Health Care Bill

The Congressional Black Caucus to Obama: We want the public option!

The Congressional Black Caucus -- alarmed by reports that President Obama may plan to ditch the public option and reduce the scale of health care reform -- is pre-emptively warning the president to express his "unwavering support" for the progressive provisions in his speech next week. .

[CBC Chairwoman Rep. Barbara Lee] suggest[ed] that the 42-member member caucus won't back the plan if Obama goes squishy on the public option, a commitment to fund universal coverage, a commitment to equalize racial and income disparities in care delivery, coverage for U.S. territories and preventive care.