Democrats Concede Public Option May Not Make Cut On Health Care

Two House Democrats who want a public-option in the health care overhaul acknowledge it might not survive compromise talks with the Senate.

Rep. James Clyburn, the No. 3 Democrat in the party's leadership, was asked whether he could vote for a final bill that does not embrace a public plan. Clyburn replied: "Yes, sir, I can."

The South Carolina congressman said backers of a government-run option want more competition for private insurance companies and that he can live with some process that accomplishes this, regardless of whether it's labeled a public option.

Another Democrat, Maryland's Chris Van Hollen, said he recognizes realities in the Senate, where Democrats had to scrape up every vote from their side even to pass a bill without a government plan.

But Van Hollen also said "Fox News Sunday" that before the House would give up the public option, "we would want to be persuaded that there are other mechanisms in whatever bill comes out that will keep down premiums."

The Senate passed its version of health care on Christmas Eve morning, and the two chambers will have to work out differences in their separate bills after lawmakers return from a holiday break.

Clyburn appeared on CBS' "Face the Nation" and CNN's "State of the Union."

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  • by US citizen for now Location: Washington on Dec 29, 2009 at 11:27 AM
    I see we have another satan worshiper who think they want to go to hell and burn with satan. Obama Snake Oil and I just love to state the truth up here, which satan hates, because satan is the Father of all lies and hates the truth just like this individual. Like Jack said "You can't handle the truth!" how sad.....
  • by jesus on Dec 29, 2009 at 09:30 AM
    see you in hell snake oil man/woman
  • by US citizen for now Location: Washington on Dec 28, 2009 at 11:41 AM
    Snake Oil Co. and whomever, there's coming a day very soon which this great nation "we the people" will be under tyranny just like it is in Iran with president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Communism at it's worse. Or at the least like China. Obama loves China and most other countries which have similar "code of ethics" that Obama has. Obama's code of ethics IS communism/progressiveness & socialism. He just down plays his agenda using different wordage in the public eye. Remember, he was raised in India as a muslim and his code of ethics derive from the muslim culture. He's made his millions and will be looked out for among the rest of the power hungry leaders (worldwide) in communist nations. They're forming a new world order and Obama is just one of the powerful leaders which make up that new order. God has allowed this to happen to fulfill his scriptures. Just be ready for him when he returns very shortly. Ready doesn't just mean believing. Ready means living for Jesus and putting him first.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Dec 28, 2009 at 10:17 AM
    US Citizen for now, I did.....not even liberals are aware of all of that or they are in denial, I have never heard of before. Nathan, teaparty! Just like they did it in the ole days. I have never seen people so ill about government in all my years. Both democrats and republicans are in arms with what is going on. I think we need our military to come home and defend the constitution as they pledged.
  • by US citizen for now Location: Washington on Dec 28, 2009 at 07:03 AM
    Get this straight, they don't want You to have any "public option". The public should have NO say so anymore. This evidence is so clear that communism through progressives and socialists is on the horizon for America. I'm waiting for them to eliminate our constitution and change the name of our country. Because we aren't United as states should be. The liberals and their voters have caused this to happen. Their dream is coming into a reality unless God intervenes. For a clear view of their agendas, google up "Shadow Party - Hillary, Obama, Soros, communism" as well as Illuminati and New World Order. You see tons of evidence and see the pieces of the puzzle coming together.
  • by US citizen for now Location: Washington on Dec 28, 2009 at 06:47 AM
    We can Nathan. No matter how many who favor Obama and the lib's in congress, there's always hope on the horizon. Gos is in control no matter what. Keep fighting the good fight and never give up! Vote for people who have great character, stand for Christian family values (which our country was founded upon) and candidate's with decent accomplishments and great track record regarding balancing budgets, pro-life issues, pro-military etc..
  • by OsamaObama on Dec 28, 2009 at 02:54 AM
    Barak equals Dr.Death Kevorkian
  • by Nathan Location: Eastern NC on Dec 27, 2009 at 08:49 PM
    So if the Democrats want Communism and the Republicans want fascism, who are we supposed to vote for? Libertarians? I'm serious, people. I mean, as serious as y'all are associating American politicians with hated political parties. I'm all for voting them out, maybe we can get politicians who want to save this country regardless of social class, race, gender, etc.
  • by pete Location: grifton on Dec 27, 2009 at 06:15 PM
    It's all about power & control.let's vote them all out starting in 2010.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 27, 2009 at 05:05 PM
    These reds are willing to take whatever they can get as long as they are making headway, moving the ball down the field toward their ultimate goal, full blown socialism. Some want to go even further than that, they want communism.
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