“I sense that would be a very popular thing to do in our caucus,” Connolly said…

Waxman, a strong supporter of a “robust” public option, and Stupak, whose insistence on prohibiting any publicly funded healthcare plans from covering abortions has put him at odds with House leaders and complicated efforts to complete work on three House bills, have requested volumes of documents from the nation’s largest private insurers regarding their profits and the compensation paid to top executives…

Stupak did say that a preliminary scan of the data showed that the profits of some of the largest companies might even larger than originally thought. Democrats — especially the more liberal ones in both the House and the Senate — have tied profits to the rising premiums and selective coverage of individuals in private plans as part of their rallying cry for a public option to compete with the private market.