Kay Hagan Signals Willingness to Support Public Option Alternative

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As a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) voted in favor of a health care reform bill with a public option. But she’s also interested in a compromise that would scrap the public option in favor of system of private, state-based, non-profit health-care cooperatives. “Having been a state senator for 10 years,” she said, “I think states can do a good job at that.”

Kay Hagan’s vote for the public option wasn’t easily won, so it’s little surprise that she’s open to alternatives. But has her level of support dropped? I’ve placed a call to her office to check, but just last month, she defended her vote for the public option, describing it as “a back-stop option for those without access,” that “competes with the private insurance companies.”


Brian Beutler is TPM's senior congressional reporter. Since 2009, he's led coverage of health care reform, Wall Street reform, taxes, the GOP budget, the government shutdown fight and the debt limit fight. He can be reached at brian@talkingpointsmemo.com