Senate health reform bill will include public option
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10/26/09 Seán Kinane
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There will be a public option in the Senate’s health care reform bill, Majority Leader Harry Reid announced this afternoon, but states will have the option to opt out.

States have until 2014 to opt out of the public option, according to Reid. The bill is a compromise between the versions passed by the Senate Finance Committee and Health Committee, and includes health insurance co-ops. Reid says the bill will be sent to the Congressional Budget Office to determine how much the bill will cost.

The only Republican supporter of the Senate Finance Committee’s version was Olympia Snowe, an opponent of the public option. Reid must be confident that the 58 Democrats plus the two independents who caucus with the Democrats will be enough to overcome an almost-certain filibuster by Republicans.

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