House Democrats Unveil Healthcare Bill, including Public Option

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Earlier this week, it was the Senate. President Obama pitched healthcare reform again today, this time to an audience of small business owners.  Meantime, Democrats in the House announced it will take up its own version of a government plan to compete with private insurance. Speaker Nancy Pelosi made compromises to get the votes of moderates in her own party. Republicans said her plan came "lurching out of the back rooms…like another freight train of big government with more mandates and more spending and that's not what the American people want in healthcare reform." With debate to begin in both houses, we hear the pros and cons of the "public option" and other issues. If Independent Joe Lieberman won't go along, will a filibuster kill healthcare reform in the Senate?

Credits

Guests:
Susan Dentzer - Health Affairs journal, Roger Hickey - Campaign for America's Future - @RogerHickey, James Gelfand - Senior Manager of Health Policy, US Chamber of Commerce, Robert Laszewski - President, Health Policy and Strategy Associates, Ceci Connolly - National Health Policy Reporter, Washington Post

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Frances Anderton, Karen Radziner, Christian Bordal, Katie Cooper