Sherrod Brown: We Will Work on Health Care During August If We Must

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I just listened in on an Organizing for America conference call with Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), who previewed President Barack Obama’s visit to his state tomorrow. Brown said that the health care bill “will” have a public option and that it “has to happen this year.” If there was news, it was this: Brown said that if Senators need to stay into the August recess to work on the bill, they will. Why? Because “the cost of inaction” is too great. That cost of inaction is what Brown expects Obama will be talking about at tomorrow’s town hall in Ohio.

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