Senate Quartet Urges Reid To Pass Public Plan Via Reconciliation

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Senate Quartet Urges Reid To Pass Public Plan Via Reconciliation

Huffington Post – Four senators have signed a letter urging Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to pass a public option for insurance coverage through the use of reconciliation.

The list of signatories includes both usual and somewhat unusual suspects, from the progressive wing of the party — Sens. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) — to less ideological lawmakers who find themselves in primary election contests — Sens. Michael Bennet (D-Col.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.).

"Dear Leader Reid," the letter says:

We respectfully ask that you bring for a vote before the full Senate a public health insurance option under budget reconciliation rules.

There are four fundamental reasons why we support this approach – its potential for billions of dollars in cost savings; the growing need to increase competition and lower costs for the consumer; the history of using reconciliation for significant pieces of health care legislation; and the continued public support for a public option.

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