11/24/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Pelosi Shoots Down Public Option 'Trigger'

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday shot down a healthcare compromise that has been viewed as the best chance for getting a bipartisan bill through the Senate.

Pelosi (D-Calif.) rejected the idea of a "trigger" for a public option. That means that the government-run healthcare plan would be a fallback option, enacted only if other reforms didn't make healthcare more accessible.

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