Sources told the network that the administration could deliver its legislation to Capitol Hill sometime after the President Barack Obama's speech to a joint session of Congress Wednesday.
Obama also held a conference call with progressive Democrats, who came away from the meeting with the impression that the public option was still in play.
Rep. Lynne Woolsey (D-Calif.), one of the leading voices of the Progressive Caucus, just released a statement on the call with Obama, saying they were confident Obama was still on their side.
"Caucus leaders expressed absolute commitment to the idea of a robust public option, and said they expect it to be part of any health care reform legislation," Woolsey's office said in a statement. "The president listened, asked many questions, and suggested that the dialogue should continue. A follow-up meeting between the president and caucus leaders will take place next Tuesday or Wednesday at the White House."
Both Woolsey and Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) spoke to CNN after the meeting. "He heard it loud and clear," Woolsey said. Watch: