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Conservative And Liberal Democrats Warm To Public Option Compromise

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On the other side of the party, Howard Dean says, if he were a member of the Senate, he would vote for the proposal, not because it's his ideal public option, but because it would represent real reform.

And Richard Kirsch, the campaign director for Health Care for America Now says "It is clearly much better than triggers and opt-ins."

Does this mean we're reaching consensus? As I've noted, the idea is still very young, and has a long way to go. But it seems to be finding friends very quickly.

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