Pelosi Publicly Demanding Public Option Skeptics Get Off The Fence
Newscom / KEVIN DIETSCH
For days now, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been trying to sway skeptics in her caucus into supporting a robust public option. That effort has hit some road bumps--let's just say the votes didn't materialize as easily as she'd hoped. And the mood is definitely pessimistic. But no final decision has been made, and now it seems Pelosi is bringing out some bigger guns.
She is currently conducting what's known as a public whip--huddling with her rank and file and asking everybody, including fence sitters, where they stand on the robust public option. That means we should have answers soon.
Late update: The meeting ended a few minutes ago--though the push is continuing. We'll update you as details trickle out.