Grijalva: Fix This ‘Sow’s Ear’ Of A Health Care Bill, Or I’m Out

December 15, 2009 9:44 a.m.

Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) lays it on the line. If Senate health care legislation doesn’t move significantly to the left when House and Senate negotiators meet to resolve the differences between their bills, he’s a “no.”

“The Senate has somehow managed to turn the House’s silk purse into a sow’s ear,” Grijalva says in a statement. “If what the Senate is doing isn’t corrected in conference with the House, I will not support the bill. Since the Senate won’t use reconciliation, which only requires 51 votes, it doesn’t look promising for any real change.”

As of last week, there was no word on what, if anything, House progressives are planning to do to force the final package to the left. But I’m looking into it and I’ll let you know what I find out.

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