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17 Senators Have Signed Letter Urging Reid to Use Reconciliation For Public Option

Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is the latest senator to join the appeal to urge Majority Leader Harry Reid to use reconciliation to pass health care reform that includes a government insurance plan, usually referred to as the public option. He brings the current tally to 17. In his e-mail to supporters, Schumer wrote:
This is far from a done deal, but it’s an opportunity to break through the obstructionism Republicans have pushed for the past year.
The open letter calling to pass the public option with 51 votes got its start on Tuesday. (You can read my prior blog post to read the full text of the letter.) Join the movement to make a public health insurance plan possible.Sign AlterNet's petition here.