Emanuel Pessimistic On Public Option In Senate

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Appearing on Charlie Rose last night, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel sounded less than optimistic that the Senate’s health care reform bill would include a public option.

“I think the Senate’s been clear what the prospects [are],” Emanuel said. “That doesn’t mean in the House, they’re not gonna come to the table and demand it.”

He also wouldn’t say for sure whether there will be a public option in the final legislation.

“It has to be what the conference has to negotiate,” he said.

He did, however, say there will be a bill before Congress takes its Thanksgiving recess, and that it won’t look quite like the Senate Finance Committee bill.

“The legislative process is a place where both bodies get to contribute,” he said.

Video after the jump.

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