Rep. Larry Kissell has never once said he would not support a public health insurance option. In the latest whip count Kissell acknowledged he will support a bill with a public option as long as it meets the same criteria President Obama set out - it must be deficit neutral, end discrimination against those with pre-existing conditions, have real portability, bend the cost curve with real competition, and Larry adds one other requirement - the bill cannot offer up Medicare as a sacrifice.
This week an anonymous source leaked information from a caucus meeting claiming that Larry Kissell had said he would vote against any bill with a public health option. That simply isn't true. According to what I know about where Larry stands, for that claim to have any semblance of truth the House Leadership's proposal must not meet the President's requirements or it reduces Medicare benefits. We will know on Friday when the House Leadership releases the bill.