August 21st, 2009
05:50 PM ET
13 years ago

Dems send out mixed messages on health care

As the sometimes contentious debate over how to overhaul America's health care system continues, Democrats in the House of Representatives appear to be sending out mixed messages over their commitment to the so-called public option. Just one day after Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi strongly endorsed a government-run plan to cover tens of millions of uninsured Americans, the number two Democrat in the House seemed a lot less definitive.

House Democratic Majority Leader Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland told reporters Friday on a conference call, "As I've said in the past, I'm for a public option but I'm also for passing a bill...but you know we'll have to see because there are many other aspects of the bill as well."

That's a lot less definitive than what Speaker Pelosi told reporters in San Francisco Thursday: "There's no way I can pass a bill in the House of Representatives without a public option."

After Hoyer's conference call, an aide told CNN the Majority Leader is in full agreement with the Speaker over the need for a public option, and that it will be hard to pass the House without one, but that he was acknowledging the reality that it will be hard to pass that in the Senate and therefore the Congress as a whole.

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soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Nighthawk

    Someone tell Pelosi she doesn't have to power to pass anything. When you have these health forums please get someone to explain the questions that is knowlegible.

    August 21, 2009 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  2. Keith in Austin

    What a joke! Hoyer obviously missed Pelosi's memo. The House can't even get their talking points right. Yeah right, let's trust these idiots with our Healthcare system! 20 percent of our economy Folks! Your future,my future and our Children's future.

    August 21, 2009 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  3. jules sand-perkins

    Democrats send mixed messages because some Democrats can still think.
    WH Democrats are not thinking clearly about health-care insurance.

    August 22, 2009 06:34 am at 6:34 am |
  4. Jim

    If the goal of the plan is to contain costs, the best method to do so is to have a public not for profit insurance alternative. I just don't feel any obligation to protect the private insurers who have screwed me on insurance my whole life.

    August 22, 2009 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  5. jules sand-perkins

    Congress is doing its job very well.
    What happened to the understanding of three branches of government we used to learn in seventh-grade civics class, executive, congressional, and judicial?
    Congress is not a ditto stamp for Obama.
    By the way, why is the executive branch telling the judicial branch what to do so often under Obama?

    August 22, 2009 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
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