House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) indicated today that the House might have to push forward on health care reform without a public option.The Hill reports
that Hoyer said, "In the final analysis, we have to see what will pass. ... I think the public option is a very good choice for consumers to have. On the other hand, I've said I hope we can move a bill forward."
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has said
repeatedly that a bill without a public option cannot pass the house.
This isn't the first time that Hoyer, who is No. 2 in the House leadership, has come out as more lax on the public option than Pelosi. In late August he said
, "I'm for a public option but I'm also for passing a bill."