Back before the August recess a deal was struck with a group of Blue Dogs, lead by Rep. Mike Ross, in the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The agreement was to make the public option weaker by not allowing it to pay modified Medicare rates. This deal dramatically reduced the cost savings that would come as a result of including a public option as part of health care reform. Since then, Mike Ross has backed out of the deal, and is now publicly saying that he will not support any public option.
The Hill is reporting that Speaker Pelosi does not intend to stick to a deal that has already been broken. She plans to bring to the House floor a bill with a robust public option similar to the one originally proposed in the House.
"The Speaker is committed to having a strong public option in the House bill because it is the best way to promote competition, control cost and keep the insurance companies honest," said Pelosi spokesman Nadeam Elshami. "The caucus continues to meet to discuss the legislation and its provisions."