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Author Topic: Optional public option enters health care talks  (Read 841 times)
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« on: October 22, 2009, 11:29:59 PM »

what's the point of an optional public option (for God's sake)?  and how would a state opt out?  this isn't going to make anyone happy, even if there isn't some sort of a catch.   the moderates won't bite, the liberals will howl, and the conservatives won't stop attacking it.  
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Optional public option enters health care talks
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Senate Democratic leaders met Thursday night with White House officials to consider including a government-funded public health insurance option, along with a provision allowing states to opt out of it, in a health care overhaul bill.

Two senior Democratic Senate sources told CNN that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is leaning toward a public option with the state opt-out provision in the Senate health care bill that will reach the full chamber in coming weeks.

According to one source familiar with the White House meeting, the matter was discussed with President Obama but no decisions were made.

Republicans and some moderate Democrats oppose a public option, threatening the chances for a bill that includes the provision to get the 60 votes necessary to overcome a Senate filibuster.

The state opt-out provision is considered a possible way to get moderate Democrats to support a bill with a public option. However, the spokesman for Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska, a key moderate, said Nelson opposes the idea of a national public option with an opt-out for the states.

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