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More on Pelosi and the public option

From NBC's Andrea Mitchell
A spokesman for Nancy Pelosi is denying today's Politico report that any decision has been made about the public option in the House bill. 

"We continue to work with all the members of the caucus to build consensus," the spokesman says. 

Sources close to the speaker say leadership did not tell progressives last night that the robust public option is off the table. The votes are still being counted.

They add that the House bill will have a public option. The only question, as Pelosi told NBC News yesterday, is how robust it will be. She said in the NBC interview that her criteria is, which public option will create the most savings.

Politico had reported that after a whip count at last night's caucus, Pelosi realized she didn't have the votes for the most sweeping public option.