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Progressives Press Feingold To 'Fulfill' Obama's Health Care Promises

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"The congratulations that Democrats are giving themselves in Washington DC are not shared by voters across the country who overwhelmingly want a public option and oppose being required to buy insurance from companies that put profit ahead of people's health," PCCC's Adam Green said. "Russ Feingold can be a hero at this historic moment by declaring that any final bill must have a public option to win his support. That would change the entire calculus in House-Senate negotiations and force President Obama to finally fight back against Joe Lieberman's threats -- something Russ Feingold himself has said the White House has failed to do."

Green said more than 40,000 people have signed a petition asking Feingold to take action and that $16,000 in donations has come in online to help run the ad. The group also is doing a robocall, starring self-employed Madison handyman Terry Kleinschmidt, to 10,000 Wisconsin voters per day.

They also are targeting Sens. Al Franken (D-MN), Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH).