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Pelosi Mum On Obama's Support For The Public Option

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At the White House today, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs repeated a common administration theme--that the point of health care reform is to increase choice and competition.

The White House, Gibbs said, will "continue to look at the provisions and ensure that the provisions particularly around the public option are something that ensures something we have talked about a lot - choice and competition."

"[Y]ou can call it choice and competition, the point is not what you call it the point is the effect that it has," Gibbs added.

On that score, Pelosi has opinions of her own. She's largely changed the way she talks about the public option, redubbing it "the consumer option"--a term she used for the first time earlier this week, and repeated more than once on the call.

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