Rangel: House healthcare bill will include public plan

The healthcare bill the House sends into conference with the Senate version will include a public option for consumers, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) flatly stated Wednesday.

"As you well know, once the House passes this bill -- and we will, and it include the public option for healthcare -- then it will go into conference," Rangel said during an interview on Bloomberg News.

But Rangel seemed a bit less certain, however, about the version that would emerge from conference with the Senate.

"What happens there? We don't know," he said.

"They have not shared their views with us," he explained earlier in the interview.

The Senate is said to be mulling a version of the bill that may not include a version of a public (or "government-run") option for consumers in lieu of a federally-mandated establishment of healthcare cooperatives. That compromise had been floated to bring more centrist Democrats and Republicans onboard for a final version of the bill.