Centrist Democrats' concerns about a public (or "government-run") option for consumers won't be a hurdle to passing a healthcare reform bill in the House, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) suggested Wednesday.

Hoyer maintained that the final bill will include a public option, suggesting the provision can survive Blue Dog Democrats' concerns.

"I think we will have a public option, yes," Hoyer said in an interview on CNBC.

"The Blue Dogs want to make sure the public option is not simply a transition to an all-public system," he explained. "They're not drawing a line in the sand in terms of the public option. They did indicate they wanted a trigger on the public option."

Hoyer also downplayed centrist and freshman Democrats' concerns about a surtax on high earners contained within the House bill to finance the $1 trillion reform package.

"I don't frankly think that that's going to be the final worry," Hoyer said.

The second-ranking House Democrat said that there was flexibility on where the surtax would kick in, though Hoyer stated his own preference for instituting the tax for couples making $350,000 or more. "I think that's an appropriate level," he said.

Hoyer still indicated Democrats are on track to finish a preliminary healthcare bill before the August recess, and said October is the "target date" for when he'd like to have it on President Obama's desk for signature.