Dem lawmaker: Health bill to House floor this month

Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) on Wednesday indicated that healthcare reform legislation may reach the House floor this month, more evidence that House Democrats are reaching a consensus on the bill.

The freshman lawmaker echoed the comments of Democratic chief deputy whip Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) who said yesterday that a the bill will reach the floor in about two weeks.

She tweeted:

Meeting all morning on health care bill details. This bill is getting much closer to coming to the floor of the House, perhaps even October.

Pingree did not indicate if the bill would include the public health insurance option, a key provision that has been hotly debated among the centrist and liberal factions of the Democratic Party.

Crowley said that the bill would have some element that would stimulate competition, but did not reveal if that mechanism was a government-run insurance plan.