Posted by | February 19, 2010 11:14 | Filed under: Top Stories

This is the best hope to reform health care in the most progressive way given current circumstances.  Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire (pictured) has become the 18th senator to sign a letter to urging leadership to pass the public option via reconciliation.

Shaheen’s office confirmed that she signed, following Sens. Chuck Schumer, Barbara Mikulski and Frank Lautenberg today.

The letter was written by Sen. Michael Bennet and will be sent to Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Other signatories so far: Sens. Bernie Sanders (VT), Al Franken (MN), Patrick Leahy (VT), John Kerry (MA), Sheldon Whitehouse (RI), Sherrod Brown (OH), Kirsten Gillibrand (NY), Jeff Merkley (OR), Dianne Feinstein (CA), Roland Burris (IL), Barbara Boxer (CA), Jack Reed (RI) and Tom Udall (NM).

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says the White House will push for it if Democratic senators bring it up for a vote. The White House should have been fighting for this all along and should have been leading Congress in the effort, not the other way around. Either way, it would be heartwarming to see Democrats stand up for something…particularly this. Now.

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