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Aide and friend to the speaker of the United States Nancy Pelosi in Maryland democratic congress and present all of who also supports the so called government public option.
Congress in very good to have you thanks for coming.
Good to be with -- -- So congress and what happens -- the president is showing.
Let's say a tad more flexibility.
On on the public option than Nancy Pelosi.
And Nancy Pelosi just smiles behind him when is she gonna do.
Well I expect the president to say what he's been saying which he strongly prefer is a plan.
I with the public option he's gonna fight for plan with the public option because it provides for greater competition more choice.
But that he will reserve judgment on whether or not he signs or vetoes.
A -- that gets to his death based on everything else.
That's in that plan.
The position we take in the house is that a majority of our members support a public option it's an all three of the bills -- That have passed the house -- committees.
And we're now in the process of trying to bring those bills together and a great majority of our members.
I see the public option is a way to increase competition and increase choice for consumers.
So let me ask -- congress senate they don't see or hear that from the president.
On the public option -- in their right from the get go.
-- -- -- -- No I don't think anyone's gonna ball to everyone wants to hear what the president has to say -- -- -- that.
-- Health Care Reform in this country.
Is got a lot of big pieces to it so I don't think people are gonna say you know there's just.
Every piece has to be exactly the way wanted to at the end of the day but again in the house of people see.
The public option is a very important component of the bill -- so we'll wait and see what the president has to say but I think the president.
Is gonna focus less on every specific piece.
Rather that it -- instead lay out of our broad argument for why we need to -- Health Care Reform in this country why we need to do it a this year.
-- -- congress and -- might be the sentiment in the house a very different -- we're getting.
Senator Max Baucus -- runs the finance committee in the senate here's what he had to say about this public option today.
I think frankly.
-- with the increasing conviction.
The public option cannot pass the senate.
So I can't make it in the senate it's doomed if it's not included in the house how the -- do you guys bridge the divide.
Well this is a dynamic process you followed the congress for some time under.
As you know it's a fluid process the house will move forward on its FISA legislation in the senate moves forward on its bill.
-- you go to a conference committee trying to iron out the differences.
In the end of the day is gonna have to weigh in on this issue.
I don't think tonight he's gonna say definitively one way or another whether any particular thing has to be in or out of the bill I think he's gonna take the position that.
He wants to see -- whole package of reforms and then make a decision as to whether it's a meaningful advance but at the end of the day.
He will have to weigh in on this issue if it's in the house bill and not in the senate bill so that's just let me ask -- -- as we go forward.
All right I apologists are well.
Do you indeed there is a sense here by some that maybe Nancy Pelosi.
It is is become a -- here Steny Hoyer.
The number two Democrat in the house.
It says he is open I don't want him in this -- and to.
A deal that wouldn't have a public option right from the get go but hopefully would have went down the road I think that's his sentiment.
Other democratic leaders in the house had said similar type of things.
Joseph Lieberman who are folks are going to be hearing from shortly in this broadcast telling me earlier.
Look I mean these votes Nancy Pelosi included have to read the will of the people on that is not.
Overwhelmingly for this public option.
-- right now is seen yet and we'll be arrows and all along.
-- ought not at all in fact that the overwhelming sentiment.
In the house Democratic Caucus.
After having gone back and listen to their constituents.
Is that the public option is an important part of the plan again the public option is you know -- would be part of an exchange where.
All of the options except one would be private insurance options and so that.
Rationally that -- what I'm assuming that only radar that we will let -- -- -- -- -- I understand but what would that mean that.
The public option mean -- media and in other words you hear a lot about the so called trigger.
That that was what that would come forth if for example the private insurance companies weren't saving enough for providing enough for doing enough and then the public got to -- it.
It is C open are you open to that than those he had a public option is in there.
But but it might come be a trigger for years down the road.
But they have discussed that possibility in the senate.
Again the foundation for the house action is going to be what the house has already done all three committees.
That have a very diverse makeup both regionally and eighty ideologically.
I had passed a version.
Of a public option we've already done that all three committees -- -- -- that.
So that again as our starting point in the house of the senate wants to do something different.
We'll obviously have to consider that as part of the process and -- the president won't have to weigh in but.
Again the senate voted with the majority of members.
In the house is to do the public option I yeah I know you we don't wanna go through other.
The reasons why but I think it -- you actually take a poll in this country why you have.
Different reactions on different parts this plan the majority American people also.
Like the idea of having a public option I mean again it's just that no one has to take the public option that's available for people who choose that.
I understand why the insurance industry doesn't like it's more competition especially -- There are you getting we're clearly not what -- -- -- all due respect currently getting his majority thing and I know you're not a fan of these town halls and all but.
Let's say they're not all -- they're not old rigs.
And they're not all sort of -- -- vehicles.
Obviously there's a lot of rage about the government expanding too much in doing too much as some of that has got to be fairly legitimate and.
There legitimate concerns about different parts of these plans I mean there's no doubt about that but if you look at the polling information.
And you ask and the American people about having a public option.
All the polls I've seen it suggests that a majority of the American people.
Like the idea of having that choice but I think our members went back home they listen to their constituents.
Obviously they heard some concerns but all of them.
Almost to a person have come back.
With the sense that the American people the majority American.
I want to move forward on Health Care Reform.
This year and you know we would like to see.
A plan out of our Republican colleagues they promised that they'd have a written plan is the legislation.
That we in the rest the American people could see.
Six weeks ago.
We haven't seen that we'd like to see what they're proposing.
Unless they're already in the status quo.
I think that's a fair question per the American people -- as well.
As -- last tonight of both sides congress -- very good how.
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