Meanwhile, two more liberal lawmakers also issued a statement demanding a public option, which does not have the votes to get through the U.S. Senate.
"If the bill requires people to buy health insurance, there must be a public option to bring down costs," wrote Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA) and Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA).
On the other side of the Capitol, the markers are down as well, mainly from Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Sen. Ben Nelson (R-NE).
Lieberman made clear this week that if there is a public option, he will filibuster a final health care bill.
"That would be a very sad ending," said Lieberman in a Senate floor speech.
Nelson has also made clear he wants abortion funding restrictions in the bill, and that without those, he reserves the right to filibuster.
So where is the middle ground?
That's the balancing act that Democratic leaders will have to deal with in coming weeks, and after so much attention on all the wheeling and dealing in the Senate, there will be lots of people watching to see if the sweetheart deals continue in the New Year.