Emanuel Pessimistic On Public Option In Senate


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.

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