President Obama held a conference call with more than two-dozen House progressives Friday about health care reform -- and their adamant demand for the public option.
Two Democrats on the call were far more talkative about the exchange than was the White House. Aides said the president, who is at Camp David for an extended long holiday weekend, listened carefully to the lawmakers but offered no assurances on policy. The White House did not release a formal statement describing the general contents of the legislative call.
Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., released a statement on behalf of the various progressive caucuses represented on the conference call, designed, Lee said, to pressure Obama to hold the line on the so-called public option, a government-financed move into private health insurance markets.
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