House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday reiterated her support for a public health plan provision that would feature limited government support at the outset but eventually become financially self-sufficient.
When asked if she envisioned a health insurance plan that would have long-term federal backing, the speaker said doing so would ultimately be anti-competitive. I do not see a continuing effort, Pelosi said at a news conference. It doesnt exist now, so it will have to start up.
The comments come a day before House Democrats are expected to release a comprehensive bill that would overhaul the U.S. healthcare system. Pelosi said that the public option would be fiscally, actuarially sound, adding that it would mesh closely with one being planned in the Senate. I feel very comfortable about it, she said. I believe for us to have substantial healthcare reform, this has to be a part of it.
Additionally, she played down the impact that a higher-than-expected preliminary price tag on legislation being drafted in the Senate might have on the Houses effort. That particular bill, as to what it costs and who is covered, really is a separate subject from the legislation that we will put forth in the House, she said.