The Public Option Fight Continues–But How Exactly Does Reform Work? | Talking Points Memo

After weeks of waiting and wondering, leaders in both chambers of Congress have announced their intentions with respect to the public option. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is rounding up the votes for a bill with a government insurance plan that will negotiate rates with providers. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is standing behind something similar–with the addition of a clause allowing states to opt out–and is trying to keep his caucus together in the face of unanimous Republican opposition. But what about the rest of reform?

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