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Pelosi, Reid Remarks at Press Availability Following Meeting With President Obama
Date:9/8/2009

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Senator Reid, Mr. Leader. . .

Senate Majority Leader Reid. The President and Vice President were very positive and it's in keeping with the conversation I had with my members the past week, that is we're reenergized, we're ready to do health care reform. Keeping in mind that it's even before the august recess, 80 percent of health care is already done. In fact it's the 20 percent we still had to work on. In our conversations today, we think we're up to 90 percent of things that are agreed upon. We have 10 percent that we need to work on and we can do that.

As far as the speech tomorrow, the President didn't give us a dress rehearsal of a speech, but he did tell us that he's going to be outlining to the American people and, of course, the Congress, the health care reform bill that he contemplates that we will do. And we're in agreement with him in that regard. I have every belief that when he finishes his speech tomorrow, the American people will be able to put aside some of the ridiculous falsehoods that have been perpetrated these past few weeks and focus on what're going to do for this country.

We have a lot of work to do, we understand that, but we're still approaching this in the form of bipartisanship. We want a bipartisan bill. We do not want to do reconciliation unless we have no alternative.

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Q: There's no public option at this point?

Senate Majority Leader Reid. I think that -- I personally am in favor of public option. The majority -- in my mind, there's no question that the majority of -- I can't speak for the House caucus, but if I were betting and I think the majority of them also believe in a public option. And we're going to do our very best to have a public option or something like a public option before we finish this work.

Q: Why was there no place for Repu
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