Orszag: Every Public Option Compromise On The Table

December 2, 2009 4:16 am

Speaking at the National Press Club this morning, White House Budget Director Peter Orszag confirmed that in high level discussions between Democratic health care principals just about every possible public option compromise is on the table.

“There are many sensitive discussions that are ongoing,” Orszag said. “I’ll just say there are a lot of those discussions going on – opt outs, opt ins, triggers and I’ll leave it at that”

Last month, TPMDC broke the news that Senate Democratic leadership had initiated discussions with Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) and Democratic health care swing voters about a compromise that would require only states that failed to meet insurance affordability standards to offer a public option.

Pressed on the public option, Orszag offered up his support for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

“My job is hard enough, I’m going to let Senator Reid do his,” Orszag said. “He is managing the movement in the senate and he is confident he is going to get where he needs to be.”

Additional reporting by Christina Bellantoni

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