House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she is firmly committed to passing a comprehensive healthcare reform bill with a public insurance option despite signals from top White House aides that the president may forge another path to gain bipartisan approval. “We can't pass a bill without a public option,” Pelosi told reporters after speaking at a healthcare event hosted by the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce in her home district.
Pelosi stresses commitment to public option
Pelosi declined to put a timeline on a vote of the House bill, saying only that “it will happen in a timely fashion.”
Meanwhile, local providers at the event said absent federal healthcare reform, they must to do more to lower costs and improve access and quality. “We need to take ownership of bending the cost curve,” said Mark Laret, CEO of the University of California San Francisco Medical Center.
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