Nancy Pelosi is insisting on a health care bill that includes the public option. Pelosi also backed away from a July deal with Blue Dog Democrats to not base public option payments on the Medicare reimbursement rate. The Blue Dog coalition is reluctant to support a health care plan that includes a full blown public option.
The Hill reported:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday shot down a healthcare compromise that has been viewed as the best chance for getting a bipartisan bill through the Senate.
Pelosi (D-Calif.) rejected the idea of a “trigger” for a public option. That means that the government-run healthcare plan would be a fallback option, enacted only if other reforms didn’t make healthcare more accessible.
“I don't even want to talk about a trigger,” Pelosi said...