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September 16, 2009

PELOSI: PRIVATE GIFTS VS. PUBLIC OPTION

David Sirota, Open Left - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for the first time [has] suggested she may be backing off her support of the public option. According to CNN, Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid "said they would support any provision that increases competition and accessibility for health insurance - whether or not it is the public option favored by most Democrats." When "asked if inclusion of a public option was a non-negotiable demand - as her previous statements had indicated Pelosi ruled out any non-negotiable positions," according to CNN. . . . This announcement came just hours before Steve Elmendorf, a registered United Health lobbyist and the head of United Health's lobbying firm Elmendorf Strategies, blasted email invitation throughout Washington, D.C. I just happened to get my hands on a copy of the invitation from a source. Check it out

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