Warner: I’ll Vote For Public Option if Health Care Reform Legislation Contains Costs

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A spokesman for Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) confirms to me that Warner would vote for a health care bill with a public option. “It’s not a make or break thing–he wants to see a health reform bill that contains costs, and if it includes a public option…he would vote for it.”

The blog Blue Virginia first reported Warner’s position this afternoon, though Warner’s office notes that his support for any legislation–public option or no–is contingent upon its ability to control costs.

Warner has been ambivalent about the public option in the recent past, but this is the clearest indication yet that he’d support the measure.

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