Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid confirms health care bill to have public option

October 26, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says Senate Democrats will include an option for government-run insurance after all in the health care legislation headed to the Senate floor. Reid says states will have the choice of opting out of the program. “I think it’s the fairest way to go,” Reid said of the “opt out” proposal. “The public option is not a silver bullet, [but] I believe it’s an important way to ensure competition and to level the playing field for patients with the insurance industry,” Reid said. “Under this concept, states will be able to decide what works for them.”

Reid noted that polls show widespread public support for giving the government a role in the overhauled health care system envisioned by President Barack Obama and his allies in Congress. Reid expressed confidence that the new Senate bill, which is the likely merger of the health care bills passed by two separate Senate panels, would have the “support of my caucus” once the Congressional Budget Office puts a price tag on the proposal. Reid sent the proposal to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office to be analyzed today, a key step before he can bring a bill to the floor for debate. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi indicated Friday that the opt-out alternative could be included in a reconciled bill. The “opt-out” compromise is still two votes shy of the 60 Reid needs to overcome a Republican filibuster, according to a senior Democratic aide on Capitol Hill who requested anonymity when discussing the plan.


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