August 5th, 2009 5:33 pm | by JAMES PITKIN News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Politics

Rep. David Wu on Health Care: 'Committed' to Public Option

Rep. David Wu Headshot

After we blogged two days ago wondering where three Democratic congressmen from Oregon stand on health-care reform, a spokeswoman for U.S. Rep. David Wu (D-Ore.) called with an answer.

Wu spokeswoman Julia Krahe says her boss — like the state's fourth Democrat in the House, U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) — is fully committed to a public option.

"He's really been out there for a long time, fighting for a robust plan and fighting for the needs of Oregon doctors and health-care patients," Krahe says.

But Krahe says Wu differs with Blumenauer and other progressive Democrats on one key point: Wu doesn't want a public option where reimbursement rates are based on current Medicare rates. He believes such a scheme would hurt Oregon and other states that use a smaller share of Medicare funding than some other states do.

Krahe forwarded a letter (PDF) Wu sent to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi outlining his views. Wu's letter is dated July 30, the same day Blumenauer and 56 other House lawmakers sent their own letter urging a public option with reimbursement linked to Medicare rates.

Watch this blog for upcoming opportunities to make your voice heard when Wu and others visit Portland during the congressional recess.
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