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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-24-09 12:01 PM
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Prognosis improves for public insurance MOMENTUM SHIFT IS DRAMATIC
Source: Washington Post

Prognosis improves for public insurance
MOMENTUM SHIFT IS DRAMATIC Top Democrats push option in health-care legislation

By Shailagh Murray and Lori Montgomery
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, October 24, 2009

Democratic leaders in the Senate and House have concluded that a government-run insurance plan is the cheapest way to expand health coverage, and they sought Friday to rally support for the idea, prospects for which have gone in a few short weeks from bleak to bright.

The shift in momentum is so dramatic that many lawmakers now predict that President Obama will sign a final bill that includes some form of government-sponsored insurance for people who do not receive coverage through the workplace. Even Democrats with strong reservations about expanding government's role in the health-care system say they are reconsidering the approach in hopes of making low-cost plans broadly available.

Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (Nev.) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) sought support Friday for expansive versions of the public option as they prepared to send reform legislation to the Senate and House floors. Their goal is to pass bills with similar versions of the public insurance option so that final talks between the two chambers can focus on other issues that could prove more difficult to resolve.

The public option emerged as a flash point in the reform debate at the outset, with liberals championing it as a precursor to a single-payer system and conservatives warning that it would lead to rationing. The rhetoric reached a fever pitch in hundreds of raucous town-hall meetings during the August congressional recess, leading Democrats -- including Obama -- to back off the idea for fear that it would sink overall reform legislation.

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-24-09 12:10 PM
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1. Public option alone is not enough if people who have to remain with their
work coverage still have to pay through the nose. Hopefully whatever bill we get will bring relief to everyone.
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SPedigrees Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-24-09 12:11 PM
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2. Making an ass out of Politico, and shutting off their wishful blather about the PO being dead.
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maddezmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-24-09 12:14 PM
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3. duplicate topic
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