By Molly K. Hooper - 09/08/09 08:56 PM EDT
Pence (R-Ind.) said Obama needs to drop the controversial provision if he is to regain the confidence of Americans.
Obama will deliver an address Wednesday night to a joint session of Congress in an effort to salvage his plans for healthcare reform this year.
Liberals in the House and Senate are demanding that a healthcare bill include a public insurance option to foster competition in the industry and lower prices. Republicans and some centrist Democrats argue the public option would drive the private sector out of business.
There’s been little sign from the White House on how adamant Obama will be in demanding a public option. He has repeatedly said he supports a public insurance option, but administration officials in August cast it as not essential to reform.