Dem lawmaker: House still divided on healthcare

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) tweeted Wednesday that House Democrats are still engaging in "heated debate" over how to pass healthcare reform legislation.

Yesterday, President Obama met with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.)

The second-term Democrat messaged her followers from a members only House Democratic caucus meeting this morning:

Members only Dem caucus this morning. Every member wants reform but heated debate on best way. Looking fwd to Pres Obama tonight.

In the House, Blue Dog and liberal Democrats have tangled over the details of a final healthcare bill, especially over the inclusion of a public health insurance plan.

This week, the Blue Dogs' top healthcare negotiator Mike Ross (D-Ark.) said that he opposes a public option. Twenty-three House Democrats are also opposed to any health reform bill. 

Liberal leaders, such as Congressional Progressive Caucus chairwoman Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.) have pushed the president to stand behind a public option.

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