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Reid Calls On Americans: "Contact Your Representatives Back Here In Washington And Push Hard"

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Harry Reid, in a new Web video posted Thursday, makes the case for a public health insurance option and appeals to voters across the country to contact Washington to "push hard" for its inclusion in the final bill.

"Anyone that cares about it, make sure you contact your representatives back here in Washington and push hard. We want a health care bill that has a public option that keeps the insurance industries honest and creates a level playing field," he says.

Reid, the Senate Majority Leader, finds himself in the unusual position of working with the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, rather than taking shots from it. On Thursday, sent out a message to its members that would've seemed unthinkable just weeks ago: High praise for Harry Reid.

Watch Reid's appeal:

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