03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Public Option: Progressives Take Aim At Rahm, Demand White House Take A Stronger Stance

In recent weeks, liberal groups have largely refrained from directly pressuring the White House on the public option -- even as there's been lots of grumbling behind the scenes that Rahm Emanuel is the leading force within the White House trying to trade it away in exchange for compromise.

No longer. A coalition of liberal groups is now openly calling out the White House, demanding it take a "stronger stand" in support of a robust public option -- and in an unusual move, the letter is specifically targeting Rahm and demanding he make it happen.

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