About a week ago, house members Alan Grayson (D-FL), Chellie Pingree (D-ME) and Jared Polis (D-CO) began an online petition/letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, calling for the passage of a public option using reconciliation. Senator Michael Bennett took up the charge in the senate with three other senators at his side. Their bravery to stand up against a party that choses not to function and special interests groups has sparked a much needed light in the midst of darkness on health reform for all Americans.
Support in the senate (and the house) has begun to serge with 20 senators signing onto Bennett’s letter. Most recently, Senators Arlen Specter (PA) and Robert Menendez (NJ) have joined Senators Chuck Schumer (NY) and Jeanne Shaheen (NH) in co-signing the letter. [....]
Then Senator Reid’s office issued a statement that reads: “If a decision is made to use reconciliation to advance health care, Senator Reid will work with the White House, the House, and members of his caucus in an effort to craft a public option that can overcome procedural obstacles and secure enough votes.” [....]
On Thursday night, February 18th, it got even better. “Obama Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Thursday night that the White House would fight for the so-called public option if it were passed using the reconciliation procedure.” [....]
Meanwhile, on the other side of the spectrum, despite growing support, GOP members and conservative talk show hosts continue to proclaim Americans do not want a public option. Ok, America, do you or do you not want a public option? Do you or do you not want to move to reconciliation? Put your answer below.