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Baucus: I'll Move Forward on Health Care Without Republicans if Necessary

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"I know that my Republican colleagues very much want to be part of this," Baucus said.

Interestingly, Baucus noted that while triggers are on the lips of reporters and anonymous White House sources, it's not something that's been discussed much on the committee level.

"It is funny, I keep on reading about that trigger, but there have been no discussion about that," he said.

But whether it's triggers, or co-ops, he's not optimistic about the prospects for a genuine public option. "I think frankly, with increasing conviction, that a public option can not pass the Senate."

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