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Schumer: Opt-Out Public Option Gaining Steam


That's important. Looks like they're really selling this idea pretty hard. Some key questions, which we'll try to answer today: Who's been approached about this? Will it assuage conservative Democrats who've been resistant to the public option? And will progressives, particularly in the House, be satisfied by a public option that may not be national, but that would leave that tough political decision to the governments of conservative states? We'll try to get you answers to all those questions.

Late update: Here's video.

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