Progressive House Leaders to Meet Obama Ahead of Wednesday Speech

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Looks like we’ll have to wait a few more days before we know whether House liberals will make peace with the Obama administration. Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair Lynn Woolsey appeared on MSNBC moments ago and reported that, in an afternoon conference call with the President, members reiterated their insistence on including a public option as part of health care reform.

However, she said, Obama didn’t signal one way or another if he will ultimately get behind that position, and instead invited the co-chairs of the progressive caucus to a meeting at the Tuesday ahead of his big Wednesday health care speech before a joint session of Congress. By then, or perhaps sooner, we should have a clearer sense for where the White House stands.

We’ll have video for you shortly.

Late update: Video below.

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