House liberals have quickly rejected a healthcare compromise their leaders forged with centrist Blue Dogs, putting the deal on shaky ground only hours after it was announced.
"It's unacceptable," said Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.), co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. "We're not going to vote for anything that doesn't have a robust public plan."
The Progressive Caucus has 83 members. Members are circulating a letter for signatures protesting the deal.
Liberals are hoping to get 50 signatures on the letter, to make it clear they have the votes to defeat the biil."Fifty is our threshold," said Progressive Caucus co-chairman Raul Grijalva.
"That'll kill anything."Woolsey said liberals cannot accept that the public plan will not be linked to Medicare, and said subsidies have been cut to the point where the plan won't help the middle class.