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Betty Sutton Says She’ll Vote Against Any Bill That Does Not Have a Robust Public Plan

Rep. Betty Sutton

Even as Michael Capuano and Sam Farr have decided to abandon the promises they made to millions of people across the country who are hoping for delivery from indentured servitude to Blue Cross and Blue Shield, other representatives understand what is at stake here and are stepping up.

David Swanson tells us that Betty Sutton will vote against any bill that does not have a robust public option:

Mary Nichols Rhodes of Progressive Democrats of America introduced me to Sutton. I gave her my book "Daybreak." One of her staffers took a photo of the two of us with the congresswoman holding the book up. Then I asked her if she would vote No on any healthcare bill that did not have a strong immediate public option.

At first she tried to fudge it by saying "I think a robust public option is essential…." I asked "Is that a yes?" Then she said "I have told the leadership that the bill must include a robust public option…" I asked "Or you’ll vote no?" And she said "yes, yes," and looked at me, and she understood perfectly that she was making a commitment. I’d had to ask three times before she did. But she did. Mary is my witness.

The only way that members of Congress are going to have the resolve to stand up and vote against any bill that doesn’t have a public option is if people like David Swanson confront them and let them know what is expected of them.

Thanks to Rep. Sutton for doing the right thing. Call her office and make sure that she knows that a "public option" does not mean co-ops, nor does it mean triggers.

Sutton’s offices: (440) 245-5350, (202) 225-3401, (330) 865-8450

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Betty Sutton Says She’ll Vote Against Any Bill That Does Not Have a Robust Public Plan

Rep. Betty Sutton

Even as Michael Capuano and Sam Farr have decided to abandon the promises they made to millions of people across the country who are hoping for delivery from indentured servitude to Blue Cross and Blue Shield, other representatives understand what is at stake here and are stepping up.

David Swanson tells us that Betty Sutton will vote against any bill that does not have a robust public option:

Mary Nichols Rhodes of Progressive Democrats of America introduced me to Sutton. I gave her my book "Daybreak." One of her staffers took a photo of the two of us with the congresswoman holding the book up. Then I asked her if she would vote No on any healthcare bill that did not have a strong immediate public option.

At first she tried to fudge it by saying "I think a robust public option is essential…." I asked "Is that a yes?" Then she said "I have told the leadership that the bill must include a robust public option…" I asked "Or you’ll vote no?" And she said "yes, yes," and looked at me, and she understood perfectly that she was making a commitment. I’d had to ask three times before she did. But she did. Mary is my witness.

The only way that members of Congress are going to have the resolve to stand up and vote against any bill that doesn’t have a public option is if people like David Swanson confront them and let them know what is expected of them.

Thanks to Rep. Sutton for doing the right thing.  Call her office and make sure that she knows that a "public option" does not mean co-ops, nor does it mean triggers.

Sutton’s offices:  (440) 245-5350, (202) 225-3401, (330) 865-8450

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Jane is the founder of Firedoglake.com. Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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