[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/03/15/art.bopt0315.gi.jpg caption="A well known Democratic strategist said Monday that Democrats who oppose President Obama's health care reform plan deserve to have primary challengers."]
Washington (CNN) – Prominent Democrat Donna Brazile is calling for primary challengers against Democrats who vote against the health care reform legislation.
"If a handful of Democrats decide to defeat this bill, they deserve to get a primary challenge to defend the status quo & insurance industry," Brazile, a member of the Democratic National Committee, posted on her Twitter feed.
The longtime Democratic strategist served as former Vice President Al Gore's campaign manager in his 2000 bid for the White House. Brazile is vice chair of the DNC's Voter Registration and Participation. She also is a CNN political contributor.
Brazile's comment comes the same day that President Obama traveled to Ohio in a final push to increase public support for health care reform.
"We need health insurance reform right now," the president said at a campaign-style rally outside of Cleveland. And "this is like a patients' bill of rights on steroids."
In the end, the president said, "this debate is about far more than politics. ... It comes down to what kind of country we want to be."
Congressional Democrats and Republicans appear headed for showdown later this week when votes on health care reform are expected to occur.
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