In a strong statement to the Burlington (NC) Times News, Democratic Congressman Brad Miller, who represents North Carolina’s 13th district, gave a vague outline of the public plan he favors and criticized its opponents as "special interests that profit from the way the system works now."

Miller said a public plan "needs to be included in any type of reform."  Does that mean Brad Miller will vote against "reform" if it lacks a public plan?  

Should Brad Miller be added to FDL’s citizen whip tool as a possible vote against any health care "reform" that excludes a public option?

"The current health care system is failing us," said Rep. Brad Miller, D-N.C., who represents the 13th District, "We spend far, far more than other countries and Americans are less healthy and don’t live as long."

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Miller said an option that gives the public the choice between private insurers and a government plan, a key feature of the bill introduced by Democratic leaders, needs to be included in any type of reform.

"A public option will compete with private health insurance plans and keep them honest," said Miller. "People will still have the freedom to keep their doctor and their current health plan. Arguments against a public option are by special interests that profit from the way the system works now, of course they’re against change. A public option is not a government takeover of health care; it will let people decide for themselves what’s best for them and their families."

So I think the question now for Congressman Brad Miller is: Will you commit that you will not vote for any bill or conference report that does not have a robust public plan that is:

available nationwide
available on day one
and accountable to Congress and the voters

Have any of Congressman Miller’s constituents had a chance to meetup with him at an Independence Day parade, or a community picnic, or a town hall meeting? Let us know if he’s willing to make the commitment to oppose any plan that has no robust public option.

It’s the next step in his strong stand in favor of a public option, and he needs to take that step. If he hears from you.

Here’s Congressman Brad Miller’s constituent email form.

RALEIGH DISTRICT OFFICE:
1300 St. Mary’s Street, Suite 504
Raleigh, NC 27605
(919) 836-1313 office
(919) 836-1314 fax
WASHINGTON DC OFFICE:
1127 Longworth Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-3032 office
(202) 225-0181 fax
GREENSBORO DISTRICT OFFICE:
125 S. Elm Street, Suite 504
Greensboro, NC 27401
(336) 574-2909 office
(336) 574-0607 fax