Back before the August recess a deal was struck with a group of Blue Dogs, lead by Rep. Mike Ross, in the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The agreement was to make the public option weaker by not allowing it to pay modified Medicare rates. This deal dramatically reduce the cost savings that would come as a result of including a public option as part of reform. Since then Mike Ross has backed out of the deal and now publicly saying that he will not support any public option.
The Hill is reporting that Speaker Pelosi does not intent to stick to the deal which has already been violate. She plans to bring to the House floor a bill with a robust public option similar to the own originally proposed in the House.