December 29th, 2009
07:44 AM ET
9 months ago

Public option may be dropped from final health care bill

Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina has said he could vote for a bill without the government insurance plan.
Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina has said he could vote for a bill without the government insurance plan.

Washington (CNN) - House Democrats are signaling that a final health care bill will drop the government-run public health insurance option favored by liberals but rejected by conservatives from both parties.

A House-Senate conference committee will begin negotiations next month on merging health care bills passed by the Democratic majorities in each chamber.

However, voting in both chambers was extremely close, raising concerns that a compromise might fail to win the necessary final approval.

One of the main differences between the two measures is the public option. The House bill contains the public option as a competitor to private insurers in a national heath insurance exchange open to people now unable to get coverage, but the Senate version lacks a public option.

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  1. Party Purity will never bring Political Power!

    P.S. Also, tort reform is NOT the answer to lower premiums, we have tort reform in Texas and my premium will go up 9% on 1/1/10. True, it may be better for the doctor which is fine, but if you expect that money now spent on insurance to be used to reduce premiums or large payout to reduce premiums it will not, it will only stay in the doctor's pocket or the insurance companies bottom line, again not a bad thing.

    I am not against tort reform, just cons that state it will lower our premiums.

    December 29, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  2. Liz

    If there will be no affordable option than they better drop the mandate as well.

    I been waiting for this option as I had no options while unemployed with a pre existing condition. I got lucky and now have really crappy coverage through a part-time job. Crappy coverage is still better than no coverage.

    December 29, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  3. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It is a sad fact that it will most likely need to be dropped because of hold outs in the US Senate. I would really like that there would be more ways for people to get health care insurance so that they can afford to go to the doctor to get PREVENTIVE care. Many of the uninsured go to the ER after there is a problem which cost them and us more.

    I would hope that what ever bill is to come out of conference would include some way to get more people into the medical profession. We need more medical practitionors of every level. Paying for it is a huge cost that needs to come down. If we could do that by paying for part of it for those that would work in the needed areas, that would be one idea that could work; penalties could be stiffened for those that take the money but don't work in the prescribed areas.

    December 29, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  4. Michael-SC

    the most important issue was the public option. Otherwise this bill just gives more money to the health-care companies who raise premiums by 28% that nobody can afford.
    PUBLIC OPTION YESSSSSSSSSSSS and NOWWWWW

    December 29, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  5. T'SAH from Virginia

    Increase the salary limits for Medicaid and decrease the age for Medicare AND, make parents who work be able to cover their children until they are 26 WOULD help in the long run!!

    Medicaid and Medicare are both 'public options' run by the government and NO ONE would complain if the above options are considered BUT the RepubliCAN'Ts!! And who cares WHAT they think because they are the official Party of NO sense, NO Suggestions & NO SOLUTIONS!!

    December 29, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  6. Marie MD

    So . . . . . after all this time the public, the citizens of the US, most of us, do NOT get what we want.
    I want the same coverage as Congress get so I don't have to worry about my family's health.

    December 29, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  7. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but...

    So much for real reform. Yay! The insurance industry wins again thanks to the best congress money can buy. Have a nice day!

    December 29, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  8. gary davis harbor oregon

    coservatives can't handle the heat . should just come out and say the insurance industry owns them, just like the republican party .. it just makes me sick when these people we elected are owned by big business .. the amount of people that represent large corporations , is only a speck of the population yet we have to bow to them our hole lives , because our representatives have no balls . :(
    the public option brings the greed to a head and we get choices ,not rate hikes .and denials of coverage. maybe americans should just stop paying them and everyone just go to the emergency rooms for health care . bet we would see something happen then LOL

    December 29, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  9. Four and The Door

    Even without a Public Option, the Health Care Bureaucracy Act masquerading as reform is still a lousy deal for Americans. It costs too much just when we can't even afford everything the government has already bought and comitted to...it raises the cost of health care...and it got this far only because of hundreds of millions of dollars in payola to Democratic hold-outs.

    It's too bad. The Administration and congress are missing a great opportunity to really improve our health care industry. Instead they pillage it for political gamesmanship. Washington politics at it's worst.

    December 29, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  10. Elizabeth

    Please explain why CHARLES RANGEL is NOT in jail and why the state-controlled media has never covered his extensive tax evasion and corruption? (Okay, we KNOW the reason for the latter...)

    December 29, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  11. Fair is Fair

    This ought to get some liberal panties in an airtight wedge.

    Overwhelming majority in the house. Fillibuster-proof majority in the senate. The most liberal chief executive in history. And yet, they can't get their beloved "public option" – the holy grail of this fiasco – included. Cry me a river.

    This goes to show that the democrat party is nothing more than a collaboration of special interests that are often times at odds with each other.

    The incompetence is astounding.

    December 29, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  12. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    While so many worked so hard for years on health reform, I would only hope that they get as much reform as they can now, and when the right wingnuts are kicked out of office in 2010, expand the reform to make it better.

    December 29, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  13. Shane

    We already know this. Their insurance bosses & the WH made sure this would happen back in January! WH never wanted Single Payer or PO. I will never vote Republican; guess I'll never be voting. With that said, just give the gov over to the "religious" right & get it
    over with

    December 29, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  14. j

    So the waffling has begun in the House. Why didn't they just let the insurance companies write the bill in the first place. All this melodrama and nothing to show for it.

    December 29, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  15. m jeff

    Without the public option the Insurance Companies will continue to rob us blind. Greed must be dealt with.

    December 29, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  16. Jackie

    Without a public option this bill will not do what it's supposed to.

    December 29, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  17. Silence Dogoode

    We do not want this. We want you to follow the LAW. This entire fed health care is illegal....

    December 29, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  18. Donkey Party

    When will people figure out that it's the Conservatives / GOP that has ruined this country? We will never thrive as a nation while any of these sub-humans are in power.

    December 29, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  19. RichP the Pocono's

    I think what needs to be brought home here and hopefully will in the 2010 and 2012 elections is these officials in both houses are not our leaders, they are our elected representatives, when the majority of those people who elected them do not want something they darn well need to be taught to listen to those who put them there.
    Here is to two house cleanings come November, maybe this time we can get some 'representatives' who will LISTEN and do what WE want them to do.

    December 29, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  20. Adalbert

    It is too bad. The insurance cartel got it their way, and we will pay.

    December 29, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  21. Tom

    Dropping the public option is good news. This government has a history of failure when it comes to running things. But, they'll figure out a way to steal more money from the taxpayers, anyway.

    December 29, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  22. munchmom

    Good–I hope so much of the extra stuff gets scrapped from the bill that none of the "promised votes" comes through and the bill is never finalized. We don't WANT it and we don't NEED it!!

    December 29, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  23. Jenny

    I guess the Democrats left their principles and their "fight" at the alter of Obama. What a bunch of sellouts.

    December 29, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  24. ran

    No public option/medicare buy in then no mandate.

    My health is not for profit.

    December 29, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
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