Durbin says he's 'open' to no public option

Senate Majority Whip Dick DurbinDick DurbinDem wants hearing on EpiPen price hikes Legislators privacy fight coincides with FCC complaint Syria activists cheer Kaine pick MORE (D-Ill.) said on Sunday that he is "open" to a final healthcare bill that does not include a public health insurance option.

"I support a public option but yes, I am open," to its absence he said on CNN's "State of the Union."

Durbin stressed that keeping the three Republican senators, Mike EnziMike EnziLiz Cheney wins Wyoming House primary Liz Cheney expected to cruise through Tuesday primary Sanford-Enzi 'Penny Plan' gets nation to a balanced budget MORE (R-Wyo.), Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), and ranking member Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyThe Trail 2016: Trump works to widen his appeal Dem challenger launches first TV ads in race to unseat Grassley Dem wants hearing on EpiPen price hikes MORE (R-Iowa), still negotiating with Finance Committee Democrats is key to passing a successful bill.

"We want to keep them negotiation we are determined to get a bill to the floor, it doesn't have to be a
perfect bill," he added. "I don't want this process filibustered to failure."

Durbin expressed that getting a bipartisan bill to the floor after recess was his top priority and that the conference committee could rectify differences between the House and Senate versions, including a public option.

Finance Committee chairman Max BaucusMax BaucusGlover Park Group now lobbying for Lyft Wyden unveils business tax proposal College endowments under scrutiny MORE (D-Mont.) set a September 15 deadline to bring a bipartisan healthcare reform bill to a vote in his influential committee.Some Democrats have said they would force a party-line vote if the deadline is not met.

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