Nancy Pelosi just blasted out this statement signaling that House Dems are standing firm behind the public option, despite the White House’s apparent softening of support for it over the weekend:
"As the President stated in March, ‘The thinking on the public option has been that it gives consumers more choices and it helps keep the private sector honest, because there’s some competition out there.’
"We agree with the President that a public option will keep insurance companies honest and increase competition.
"There is strong support in the House for a public option. In the House, all three of our bills contain a public option as does the bill from the Senate HELP Committee.
"A public option is the best option to lower costs, improve the quality of health care, ensure choice and expand coverage.
"The public option brings real reform to lower costs over the 10 year period of the bill."
The statement does stop short of explicitly commiting to keeping the public option in the bill in the long run, but Pelosi’s use of Obama’s own language is suggestive, and even mildly confrontational.
Anthony Wiener has now gone even further (via TPM): A Bill Without Public Option Wouldn't Make It To The House Floor
Earlier today, Rep. Anthony Weiner said he thinks about 100 Democratic members of the House would oppose a health care reform bill that didn't contain a public option. Now, he's taken the implication of that statement one step further. Not only would such a bill fail, but it wouldn't even come to the floor for a vote.