President Obama and the White House may believe a public health insurance option is "no longer essential" for health insurance "reform", but, more progressives and House Democrats say otherwise. New York City's Rep. Anthony Weiner (D) appeared on CNBC and says "there's probably a hundred members of the House" who won't vote a bill without one. Weiner tells CNBC's Becky Quick:
"The President does seem like he's moving away from the public plan, and if he does, he's not going to pass a bill. ... Not only I but I think there's probably a hundred members of the House, who believe for various reasons that you need to have something to bring down prices. ...As it was, I think the public plan had been watered down so much. So if the President thinks he's cutting a deal to get Senate votes, he's probably losing House votes."