October 13th, 2009
04:07 PM ET
5 years ago

Pelosi pledges again House will pass health care bill with public option

WASHINGTON (CNN) – As the Senate Finance Committee passed its health care bill out of committee without a public option Tuesday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi stood on the other side of the Capitol insisting again that the House will pass a bill with a government-run insurance option.

"I am for the public option. That will be the House position, and that will be the position we will go to the conference to fight for," Pelosi said.

Pointing to a CBS poll from last week that found 62 percent of Americans favor a public option, Pelosi argued "the public is way ahead of elected officials in this."

The Speaker said she's aiming to pass a bill by Thanksgiving, but acknowledged others are projecting Christmas, and concluded a bill would pass "certainly this year."


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soundoff (70 Responses)
  1. Marc

    It is simple: If you can afford it and doesn't the public option, get your own insurance. But if you CAN'T afford, no matter the reason behind it, you should have at least the public option to help you when you need.

    October 13, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  2. choijanet91@hotmail.com

    The way to go public option of obamacare is same value for America to step forward to socialism country which Government controll private life of citizens, corporations, financial bank system and so on.

    I AM STRONGLY AGAINST PUBLIC OPTION. HR3200 says that Democratic American gov. will charge fine to the people whom don't
    want to buy public option insurance. If the citizens don't pay the fine,
    they should go to jail. WHY PELOSI HIDE THIS FACTS ????????

    October 13, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  3. Marc

    It is simple: If you can afford it and doesn't want/like/need the public option, get your own insurance. But if you CAN'T afford, no matter the reason behind it, you should have at least the public option to help you when you need.

    CNN, please post this one and not incomplete previous one.

    October 13, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  4. dan smith

    I don't have children or grandchildren so let's just go ahead and run the debt up to a hundred trillion. I won't have descendants that will have to pay it off.

    October 13, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  5. ICARE

    Great! Stop letting these lobbyists LEECH us to death, killing healthy competitions.

    Preventicare Care for all! Healthcare for all!

    October 13, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  6. Ron

    Get it while you can Nancy, your time is short. 2010 is just around the corner.

    October 13, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  7. mjm

    In that same poll:
    "Only 22 percent think these plans would help them. A sizeable number thinks these reforms would either have no effect (42 percent) or would hurt them personally."

    Most people have no clue what a public option would mean. We have heard nothing as far as what services are covered.

    So 62% of 648 people watching a speech with no details feel as if they want a public option even though they don't know what that means.

    Hey, if we are going by poll numbers, Nancy has a 39% approval rating last time I checked....Let's get her out of there.

    October 13, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  8. LacrosseMom

    45,000 Americans DIE every year because they do not have healthcare!

    IF 45,000 Americans were dying because of terrorist attacks, everyone would be rioting in the streets! The Republicans would be ... outraged!

    However 45,000 Americans die every year because they lack healthcare and WHO CARES?

    IF YOU CARE...... CONTACT YOUR CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVES AND INSIST ON HEALTHCARE & HEALTHCARE REFORM......... WITH....... PUBLIC OPTION!

    October 13, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  9. JES

    I hope you get voted out along with Reid.

    All you can think about is what you want and not the majority of the people.

    October 13, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  10. Randolph Carter, chairman of the death panel

    A public option would pass in the house where representation is porportional to population. It would not pass in the senate where representation is split evenly among the states, even the ones with much smaller populations. This tells me that the majority does want a public option and that we're being held back, once again, by the hick states. Have a nice day!

    October 13, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  11. Paul from Phoenix

    That's funny, because every poll I have seen has been against a public option.

    Oh well, this bill will die in the Senate.

    October 13, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  12. The Voice

    Health insurers are just simply terrified of the public option. Why, because it is competition. They will be forced to lower premiums or loose the customer. No more cherry picking and price gouging.

    October 13, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  13. ICARE

    Look, either we take the money and make healthcare more affordable or we let the lobbyists have the money.

    There are only two options on the table. I say, we citizens, fight for what is right!!!

    October 13, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    Fact: America wants a public option. Polls undeniably show this. Fact: Repeating ad nauseum on CNN's Political Ticker that it's not true will NOT change it.
    Fact: Listening to Limbaugh's self-affirmation mantra for the right wing nutabg fringe will NOT change it.
    Fact: Crying along with Beck will NOT change it.
    Fact: Regurgitating mischaracterized and entirely misused poll results about how many people are satisfied with their health insurance will NOT change it (i.e., that stat is irrelevant and often mis-stated).
    Fact: We get a public option or in 10-20 years we'll looking back on 2009's economic constipation as "the good ole days."

    October 13, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  15. Chris D.

    I support House Speaker Pelosi 110%!!!

    October 13, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  16. wait a minute

    Without a very strong public option, we will be at it again in ten or fewer years. But by then, we will be a even more bankrupt country than we are now.

    Thanks to Speaker Pelosi as an ever strong supporter of Public Option! She and President Obama will lead us to Public Option.

    Thanks to the insurance industry for raising the alarm! They also admit that a strong public option is the only way to make health care affordable to everyone. We have had state utilities commission to regulate utilities on price and delivery. No utilities can be cut where seniors and sick people live.

    October 13, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  17. sick and tired!!!!!

    For all you people out there commenting about those of us who are for the public option.. Not everyone who is for it, is lazy and doesn't work. My husband and I have worked for years raising three children. It has gotten to the point our employers can't foot the bill for insurance anymore because it has gotten so expensive. We are paying more for our health care coverage than is sustainable. So as I'm getting older and am gonna need it, I can no longer afford it. I work 60 hours a week, sometimes more. So don't you dare preach that everyone who is for the public option is lazy!!!! I also would like my children to be able to afford health insurance. At this time, they can't afford to carry it and live on their own.. I consider that pretty sad. But we have lots of money to spend on wars for other countries. Always have money for everyone but our own people! Like I said, pretty sad!

    October 13, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  18. Mark,B'ham,Al.

    The Public Option should be an HMO like the US Military are on which was enacted by a democrat Congress and President did to cut cost during the Clinton Administration. Also everyone, no matter how much you make should pay an annual fee, deductible, and co-pays dor visits and drugs. If it is good enough for Military families and retirees it is good enough for civilians. Unless you are near a base, this is not a good deal until you get on medicare an Tri-Care for Life supplement.

    October 13, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  19. Quienna Snow

    If you can afford it and doesn't the public option, get your own insurance. But if you CAN'T afford, no matter the reason behind it, you should have at least the public option to help you when you need. The Democrats should just go for a single payer non-profit universal health care bill because no Republican will vote for any bill anyway. I support a public optin plan strongly.

    October 13, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  20. whaley41

    Go away Nancy!

    October 13, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
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