FCAN's Bill Newton supports public option listen08/18/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
A day after Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius indicated that the Obama Administration was ready to get rid of the public option portion of a health care reform bill, Congressional liberals' reaction has had the White House backpedal.
On Monday, leaders of both the Congressional Progressive Caucus and Congressional Black Caucus sent Sebelius a letter in protest.
The letter said those caucuses stood in strong opposition to the statement that the public option is â€˜not the essential elementâ€˜ of comprehensive reform.
Bill Newton is the Director of the Florida Consumer Action Network (FCAN). The group is strongly in support of progressive health care reform. Newton himself was a guest speaker at the town hall meeting hosted by the Services Employee International Union and state legislator Betty Reed, a meeting that erupted into chaos after Tampa Congresswoman Kathy Castor tried to speak.
WMNF asked Newton today if he was alarmed at Sebeliusâ€™ comments on Sunday.