Pelosi: It may not be called a 'public option'

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday that a "public option" will be included in House healthcare reform legislation, it just might not be called that.

Speaking at her weekly press conference, Pelosi said: "I have every confidence that we will have a public option" coming out of the House bill.

Pelosi went on to acknowledge it "may not be called a public option" but insisted it will have the same effect and will "level the playing field."

jeremy.jacobs@thehill.com