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Liberals push Obama on public option

From NBC's Mike Viqueira
Rep. Lynn Woolsey, of the Progressive Caucus, released the following on health care after their conference call with the president:

President Obama discussed health care reform today in a conference call with leaders of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and the Tri-Caucus, which comprises the Congressional Black Caucus, Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, and Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

Caucus leaders expressed absolute commitment to the idea of a robust public option, and said they expect it to be part of any health care reform legislation.

The president listened, asked many questions, and suggested that the dialogue should continue.

A follow-up meeting between the president and caucus leaders will take place next Tuesday or Wednesday at the White House.