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Pelosi: No Hope For Public Option At This Time

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That echoes more or less the sense that Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair Lynn Woolsey (D-CA) had about the prospects for reviving the public option. But it's unlikely to provide much comfort to the vast majority of House progressives who were hoping the popular provision might have a second shot.

"I myself think that I did a very heavy lift on the public option, very enthusiastically," Pelosi said. "I believe in it and the rest. But it did not make the cut on the Senate side. As far as the White House's enthusiasm for it, you're just going to have to ask them."

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