Report: Pelosi Reiterates Robust Public Option Still On The Table

Congressional Quarterly/Newscom

Nancy Pelosi called an “emergency meeting” of House Democrats this morning in an attempt to beat back rumors that she and other congressional leaders have abandoned the so-called robust public option. The House Speaker insisted that, despite reports to the contrary, the public option is very much alive as Democrats draft the health reform bill they hope to send to the House floor next month.

The Hill reports:

The Speaker met late Thursday night with the Progressive Caucus, the bloc of Democrats most supportive of a robust public option, and assured them that it was still on the table, according to a member in attendance. And according to attendees, Pelosi reiterated that pledge to the larger caucus at Friday’s morning meeting.”

More from The Hill on what went on at the meeting:

A member supportive of a robust public option said there was “overwhelming support” for a “Medicare plus 5 percent” public option among those members in attendance. But this member also said that the votes of as many as 50 of the 60 absent members could still be up in the air.

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