by David Safier
Last night I cited some statements from Giffords' Tucson town hall that made me hopeful about her movement toward supporting a strong public option.
If you've been reading national blogs today, you've seen there are some noises that Obama is about to give up the public option. All rumors, mind you. Maybe trial balloons. Maybe totally without basis. Who knows?
But Grijalva is quite clear about where he stands, in today's Press Release:
“I truly expect the President to live up to the promises he has made to America about real change and that he truly stands for uninsured Americans and working families that need and are demanding a choice of a competitive public option when he addresses Wednesday's joint session of Congress.
“Without a public option, this bill is not real reform. Real reform would lower and contain health care costs, precisely what inclusion of a public option would achieve. Without a robust public option, reform will enrich pharmaceutical and insurance companies because it will lack any significant competition and incentives to drive down health care costs for consumers.”