October 28th, 2009
02:50 PM ET
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Aides: Dems ready with tempered public option

House Democratic leaders are preparing to unveil as soon as Thursday a health care bill that includes a more moderate version of the public option.
House Democratic leaders are preparing to unveil as soon as Thursday a health care bill that includes a more moderate version of the public option.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - House Democratic leaders are preparing to unveil as soon as Thursday a health care bill that includes a more moderate version of the public option, several Democratic leadership aides tell CNN.

This version would allow doctors to negotiate reimbursement rates with the federal government, the aides said Wednesday.

The proposal would be a blow to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has argued for a more "robust" public option, one that ties reimbursement rates for providers and hospitals to Medicare rates plus a 5 percent increase.

But Pelosi and other Democratic leaders, after a week of canvassing rank and file Democrats, appear to be bowing to the reality that her preferred approach does not have enough votes. Instead, the more moderate version, favored by rural and moderate members, appears to have the most support among House Democrats.

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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. inofritzn

    Blame the republicans for holding this up. Yep those rethugs stopping health care reform....wait...what? It has been the dems this whole time? They have a what majority? Get out of here!

    October 28, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    How about this? Kick all the moderates out of the caucus. If this is how easily they can be persuaded, we don't need them in this party. I like my moderate senator Mark Warner, but he doesn't support a public option and therefore I'm finding it hard to support him.

    October 28, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  3. Librarian

    Democrats are so weak that you wonder why we need Republicans.

    October 28, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  4. Rob

    At least its better than the Senate's bill. You have to make sure that doctor's are getting fairly reimbursed under any government plan to ensure that they will continue to accept new patients. I believe some states the Medicare reimbursement rates are already too low.

    At least this seems like a better version of the public option than what may come out of the Senate where I am not sure how a state opt-out is going to be effective if you have a signficant number of states opting out. Would we see tons of people relocating to states with the pubic option? I could see a situation where most of the South opts out while the Northern more Democratic states go with it causing throngs of poor Southerners flocking up north. That could be a nightmare for already densley populated states like NY and NJ.

    If we had just 1 legistative house instead of 2, we would have had healthcare reform by now. If the House passes a plan with a broad public option than the Senate will have to pass something similar, especially with a clear majority of Americans in favor of it.

    October 28, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  5. George

    We will have a public option with or without Trator Lieberman

    October 28, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  6. Slacker

    Looking forward to "free" health insurance. I'm healthy and young and haven't had health insurance for years, but who am I to turn down a free membership to a government strengthened medical industrial complex.

    October 28, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  7. DJ

    Let's do this thing...Dem's stick to your guns and grow a backbone. Don't back down to the dirty traitor Lieberman , Snowe and their lobbyist cronies.

    October 28, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  8. Jeff

    I am an Independent (including thinking) centrist, but for health care reform I am pro-public option. The Dems need to hammer out the few remaining issues and go to the Senate floor with a united front. It is way beyond time to seek bi-partisan support from the Republicans...50 years ! Either some of them need to have an epiphany and get on board or get left in yesteryear with the rest of them. A clear majority of Americans want strong health reform that includes a public option. Don't think so? Then have the nerve to put it to eligible voters for a national vote. Our great nation will move towards a better future. Corrupt and unscrupulous big businesses (not all) be on the alert...the American people ARE FED UP !!!

    October 28, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  9. Barbara - Proud of Canadian Health Care System

    I just don't get it. – why are Americans so afraid of a public option? ...

    You've seen the proof of how the insurance industry is thumbing their noses... you've watched your premiums go through the roof and beyond, and YOU KNOW if won't get any better.

    In spite of all the horror "stories" about the Health Care system in Canada (which I totally find incorrect and deceptive), I am here to tell you that I'm proud and appreciative of it. My own personal experience is that of timely, appropriate and excellent care. I rest easy, after a cancer experience, (resolved and finished) that neither I, or my family, will be bancrupted for health care, and will never be denied treatment for anything because of "pre-existing" conditions. Total bill, for health care to me, since 1959... ZERO! If Canada can do it... and IRAQ (imagine that) can do it... America can certainly do it well.

    October 28, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  10. Stacie

    Did everyone read Lance Armstrong's opinion piece? Wise words from former President George W Bush's bike riding buddy.

    October 28, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  11. Nini

    The way they are jamming this Crap down our throat should alarm us all.

    We must STOP this. It is amazing how Obama administration is dismantling this country step by step.

    I feel like I need to defend my country against these people.

    October 28, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  12. FirstShirt

    They have the presidency, the House and the Senate and the STILL can't win.

    October 28, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  13. Minnesotan

    We want Health Care Reform with a Public Option! Stop letting puppet 'moderates' and weasels like Leiberman influence fixing this problem and helping millions of Americans.

    October 28, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  14. B

    Tempered to the point of being worthless, thanks to the Republicans, the party of nothing but obstruction.

    October 28, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  15. single mom

    What catches my attention is this line - more moderate version, favored by rural and moderate members, appears to have the most support among House Democrats.

    That tells me that things might shifting. And that bodes ill for Dems in next week's elections and in 2010.
    For too long cities like NYC (which I love, btw) and San Fran, among others, mostly along the coasts and a few like Chicago have felt that they had to tell the rest of the country - fly-over land - what to do, think and believe. And now it looks like the rest of the country has had enough and is expressing it to their Reps.

    October 28, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  16. John Black Hills/SD

    The fat heads in the House and Senate need to work as hard for the benefits that apply to Americans as they do for their personal benefit package paid for by you, and I.
    There's another issue the House and Senate rep's aren't debating, it's the malpractice laws, but since a large number of representatives have law degrees, what's the chances of that happening. Screw everyone but themselves. Your doctor is paying an avg. of $70,000 a year for malpractice insurance, and most of these cases are frivolous lawsuits that bank a minimum of 40% for the lawyer. European nations do a lot better for their citizens and Britain and Canada aren't the health care models for Americans to review. There are some great models or us use with modifications. All it takes is a Google search, and time to read.

    October 28, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  17. Mike in MN

    Every day brings a new twist to the public option. Must be 50 flavors by now. But nothing has changed since July. The Senate does not have the votes to pass a public option. Especially with Liberman saying he will join Republicans to filibuster a bill with a public option and Snowe saying she will not vote for a bill with a public option. There are several other Democrats not on board yet either like Byrd, Nelson, Conrad and a few others. And Pelosi still insists on one and Obama favors one but says it is not essential. Obama, the House and the Senate have not budged since July, just invented a whole lot of new flavors of the public option, none of which taste good enough to get enough votes to pass in the House and Senate.

    October 28, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  18. The Lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    Another blow to our constitutional rights. Another loss of American freedom, another tax increase on the minority taxpayer in our great nation. How in the world will the next three or four generations ever pay for this albatross? They will pay with the loss of their freedom to choose how they live their lives.

    October 28, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |