May 21, 2013
Nancy Pelosi Promises Public Option on the Cheap
Posted on Oct 20, 2009
The House speaker is thrilled to hear from the Congressional Budget Office that all three versions of the public option under consideration in the lower chamber would be cheaper than expected and would actually reduce the deficit over the next 10 years.
Pelosi, who is working to combine the three House health reform bills, says the news makes her life easier because it means “whatever choice we make will reduce the deficit and will pay for the bill.”
Bloomberg reports that the House is leaning toward a more robust public option that would peg costs to Medicare.
A new poll, meanwhile, shows that a growing majority of Americans favor the option. —PS
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