Thursday, December 10, 2009

More Pushback From Grijalva on Health Care

Posted By on Thu, Dec 10, 2009 at 6:15 PM

We mentioned yesterday that Congressman Raul Grijalva was starting to complain that that Senate health-care package was getting too watered-down.

Grijalva pushed even harder today. Talking Points Memo reports:

An influential progressive in the House of Representatives says that the public option compromise taking shape in the Senate might not survive the lower chamber—particularly if the Senate tries to jam its health care bill through the House.

In an interview this afternoon, Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) said he met with the Congressional Progressive Caucus' health care task force yesterday and they all agreed. "There is consensus within the progressive caucus," Grijalva said. "Personally I'm in agreement with them. I don't think very much of it."

"We're questioning whether you can define [what's coming out of the Senate] as a robust PO, and we don't think you can," he told me.

"There's rumors that we will skip conference--that we won't do conference--and bring their bill directly to the floor, and we are very, very opposed to that," Grijalva said.

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