Asked on CBS’ “Face the Nation” if he could back a bill without the public plan, he said “Yes, sir, I can. Because why did we do– why do we want a public option? We want a public option to do basically three ten– things: create more choice for insurers, create more competition for insurance companies, and to contain costs.”

He continued, “If we can come up with a process by which three– these three things can be done, then I’m all for it; whether or not we label it a public option or not is of no consequence. What we want to do is get good, effective results from whatever we put in place.”