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Wasserman Schultz Says Vulnerable Members Are Committed to Health Care Reform

The House Member heading the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee program to re-elect vulnerable Members in the 2010 elections said Tuesday that the lawmakers remain committed to passing a health care overhaul despite an August filled with heated town halls.

“I haven’t talked to a single Frontline’ member who is wavering in their support for health care reform — on the contrary,— Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) said on a conference call with reporters.

Wasserman Schultz also said she remains supportive of a robust public insurance option that would compete with private insurance companies, but acknowledged that a “trigger— that would include a public insurance option as a fallback if private insurers failed to bring down costs and improve quality could be considered in a final compromise.

“We need to get as much significant health care reform to the president’s desk that we can,— she said. Wasserman Schultz said that she would not “engage in my-way-or-the-highway politics— and rule out a trigger.

That said, Wasserman Schultz said she would prefer that a bill including a public insurance option at the outset, particularly given that many parts of the country are dominated by one or two large insurance companies who can “include whatever they want and charge whatever they want.—

“I don’t think the trigger is the most effective way to deal with it,— she said.

Wasserman Schultz made the remarks on a call with Fran Drescher, the actress and fellow cancer survivor. The pair ripped into a television ad featuring a cancer survivor who claimed 300,000 breast cancer survivors might have died in the past decade if they had British-style national health insurance, citing research from the Lewin Group, which is owned by UnitedHealth Group, one of the largest insurance companies.

Wasserman Schultz said millions of people without health insurance in the United States are much more likely to die from cancer than those with insurance, and the health care reform would ensure they get the coverage they need. She called the ad “disgusting.—

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