Key House Dem: Two weeks before health bill hits House floor

It will likely be another two weeks before health reform legislation hits the floor of the House, the Democrats' chief deputy whip said Tuesday.

Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) said that the final bill to pass the Congress would include some "competitive nature," but suggested that scoring from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) of the Senate Finance Committee's reform bill would determine the direction the health direction would take.

"The House continues to do its work on our side. I think the Senate, at this point, was moving a little slower than we were, now they're moving a little faster," Crowley said during an interview on CNBC. "I think it's going to be another two weeks before we see a bill crafted on the floor."

Crowley suggested that the CBO's score of the second Senate health bill, which has held up the Finance committee's ability to hold a final vote on the package, would give new direction to the months-long debate in Congress.

"I think everyone's looking at what that score is in determining if that price tag is too high to move forward with that," Crowley said, adding the score would determine "if that can be the direction we're going to move overall, or if it can be a combination of both."

The New York Democrat maintained that the bill would have some sort of element to stimulate competition in the health market, but was coy as to whether that would explicitly resemble the public option as it's currently been proposed.

"I do think that there's a great deal of pressure even within the House building for creating an entity that can actually compete in the market," he explained. "I still think that there's the hope there, and I think we'll pass a bill that has some competitive nature to it, whether you call it a 'public option' or something else."