The death of the PUBLIC OPTION

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    WASHINGTON (Dow Jones)--U.S. House leaders signaled Tuesday they are willing to agree to a final health overhaul bill without a government-run health insurance option if other parts of the bill would fulfill the same goals.

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) said after meeting with senior House Democrats that the bill must meet the test of "holding insurance companies accountable," whether or not it includes a public option.

    "There are other ways to do that, and I look forward to discussing those other ways. ... We will have what we need to hold the insurance companies accountable," Pelosi said.

    Pelosi huddled with House committee chairmen as talks between the House and Senate on reconciling competing versions of the health care overhaul bill got underway Tuesday. House leaders are to meet with Senate leaders via teleconference at the White House on Tuesday evening. They are aiming to strike a deal by early February.

    Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D., Md.), one of Pelosi's top lieutenants, said House leaders will expect concessions from Senate Democrats, including possibly a repeal of the antitrust exemption for insurance companies, if the public option is absent.

    US House Leaders Back Off Public Health Insurance Option - WSJ.com

    It does seem the effort to get the political win is in full swing now, I wonder if all those in the house that spent days telling the nation that the "public option" among them the Speaker was the only way to keep the insurance companies honest and promoting competition, will defend a bill without it now that they are seeking a legislative win more than actual healthcare reform.


    *side note; sorry for putting this here Moderator, but, it's a new story so , if you want you can move to healthcare
     
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    The Public Option was never 'In' to begin with..Obama & CO never wanted it..Such a shame.
     
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    public option dead my ass it will just be renamed!!!!
     
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    Of course BO and the dems want a public option. They just know the public doesn't.

    And I thought the plaintiff's bar is what keeps insurers accountable. What purpose do they serve again?
     
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    That isn't 'dead' its doubletalk.
     
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    the sad thing is they are forcing us into this system which the majority of American are not in favor of, and they are excluding themselves and families from this doomed program which is going to be a total failure!!! Name another program the government runs which is a sucess? If they had any balls they would be the first to sign up in this healthcare system and show us that they beleive in it and are willing to use it. show us that you trust it with your families and self using it!!!
     
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    Its for your own good, after all, they know better.
     
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    Far from dead.

    Simple political cover.

    It's the foot in the door, with more to follow.

    Make sure to vote to make 2010 the correction election folks...
     
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