The Public Option may have suffered a (temporary) setback yesterday in the Senate Finance Committee, but Congressmen Kurt Schrader and David Wu are still advocating on its behalf. Along with 49 other Representatives, Wu and Schrader signed onto a letter sent to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer today voicing the group's continued support for a public health insurance program. The letter [pdf] is straightforward:
The public option is not a pathway to government-run health care for everyone, it is simply another choice for people who need health insurance. We fail to see any reason why we should not seek to increase Americans' health insurance options.
When weighed against other ideas, the public option remains the most effective tool to bring about competititon, choice, efficiency, transparency, and cost reduction in the marketplace.
Good for them. It's reassuring to see that all four Democratic members of Oregon's house delegation are strongly and openly pushing for a Public Option.
Today incidentally happens to be the last day of the fundraising quarter. For all of the money that insurance companies are pouring into Congress, it's important to let our Representatives know when they're doing the right thing. Plus, Schrader is bound to face a serious race in a swing district this year. So, if you can, consider sending a donation their way to thank them for fighting for real, progressive health reform.