Moderate Democrats are on fence over revival of public option

10/28/2009 | Washington Post, The · FoxNews.com · Forbes

Many Democrats in the Senate say they are undecided about a move by Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., to put the "public option" into the Senate's health care bill with a provision that would let states opt out. Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., who left the Democratic Party in his previous Senate race but still caucuses with the Democrats, said he would support a Republican filibuster to stop the bill unless the provision for a government-run health insurance plan is taken out. Some Democrats favor the approach to the public option proposed by Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine. She supports a "trigger" that would automatically launch a government-run plan if private insurance companies' plans fail to meet certain benchmarks.

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