The chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus has slammed a reported compromise in the Senate that would do away with the public option.

Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) said that a new, non-profit health program modeled on the federal employees insurance program would be an unacceptable alternative to a government-administered plan.

"We need a public option, period," Grijalva said. “I cannot support a system that forces Americans to buy private insurance and then allows those companies to collect government subsidies without competition."

Grijalva said that Democrats had "already compromised far too much" to win over centrist votes.

"At some point in this process, the question became not what was the best policy for the American people, but what could be done to appease a recalcitrant handful who have negotiated in bad faith," he said.