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House Dems move forward on health bill

From NBC's Mike Viqueira
House leaders hope to have their health-care bill on the floor late next week, perhaps Thursday, according Democratic Rep. George Miller, chairman of the education and labor committee and close confidant of Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Meanwhile, House progressives head to the White House this afternoon for a meeting, where they plan to tell President Obama that they have real problems with the concept of the "opt out" public option -- to say nothing of the "trigger," according to Raul Grijalva, co-chair of the Progressive Caucus.

Still, Democratic leaders are confident today that they will have the votes to pass the bill outlined at the west front event this morning, notwithstanding the misgivings of progressives, who are largely expected to fall in line next week.

But Grijalva suspects that, ultimately, the public option will be watered down in a conference with the Senate, and thinks that the most likely outcome is a trigger. That is something that he says he and other liberals cannot accept.

Others are drawing a harder line. Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich took to the floor today and asked, "Is this the best we can do?" He wants the "robust" public option and thinks this version falls short.