Obama, Reid, Pelosi meet on health care issue

Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., spent about 45 minutes in private today with President Barack Obama.

The subject of the meeting was proposals to reform health care.

Obama is scheduled to make a major speech on the subject tomorrow.

Here’s what Reid said after the meeting, via the New York Times: "We’ve re-renergized. We’re ready to do health-care reform,” he said. “I have every belief that when (Obama) 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 we’re going to do that’s positive for this country.”

Reid has been flexible in his definition of the so-called "public option" that could be part of reform, leading to criticism that he would waver and not deliver reform that satisfies the left wing of his party.

Pelosi, meanwhile, has been insistent on the inclusion of a public option, broadly defined as a government-run plan that could be an alternative to private sector insurance.

But after the Obama meeting it was Pelosi who appeared to be flexible on a public option: “If somebody has a better idea of how to do that, put it on the table.”

Follow this link for the full report on the meeting.

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