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

nd so if somebody has a better idea of how to do that, put it on the table. For the moment, however, as far as our House members are concerned, the overwhelming majority of them support a public option.

Q: Would a trigger (inaudible) be an acceptable alternative?

Speaker Pelosi. Well, you know, this, as I say, is the legislative process. And right now, we will have a public option in our bill.

Q: (Inaudible) said that (inaudible)?

Speaker Pelosi. We're very pleased, as Leader Reid has mentioned, that the President will be making his address [tomorrow] evening. I think that we have been on schedule, we continue to be on schedule. But this speech tonight will be a very important factor -- excuse me -- tomorrow will be a very important factor in how we go forward.

Q: Madam Speaker, Congressman Clyburn said that a trigger public option is a doable alternative because it saves the public option. Is that a fair assessment?

Speaker Pelosi. Well, I'm sorry. Out of context, I really can't speak to Mr. Clyburn's remarks. I do know that Mr. Clyburn is a strong supporter of a public option. Where we go, seeing what the Senate puts forth and the rest is another place. But I said it before and I'll say it again: The health insurance industry, which is out there fighting the public option tooth and nail because it does increase competition, which they don't want. They'd be better getting a public option now than one that is triggered because if you have a triggered public option, it's because the insurance industry has demonstrated that they're not cooperating, they're not doing the right thing, and I think they'll have a tougher public option to deal with.


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