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How the Left Brought the Public Option Back from the Dead

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, February 19 2010

Credit: Photo of Sen. Michael Bennet by Mike Kindig

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee has emerged at the forefront of an effort to -- successfully, it seems -- reinsert the public option into the Washington debate over where the Democratic push for health care reform goes from here. Rather remarkable for an organization founded by a trio of activists a little more than a year ago.

Alongside Democracy for America and CREDO Action, the PCCC has been pushing a effort to get Democratic senators to sign onto a letter "respectfully" calling for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to "bring for a vote before the full Senate a public health insurance option under budget reconciliation rules." The letter has become known as the Bennet Letter, for its Senate champion, freshman Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado. Where the public option once looked DOA, as of this afternoon 18 Democratic Senators have joined the call to give it another chance at life...

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