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WH Getting Close To Finishing Health Care Proposal -- Public Option Not Included


According to Greg Sargent, the bill will look something like what the House and Senate were trying to agree on in January, complete with a crackdown on businesses that don't insure their employees.

Sargent talked to a Senior Democratic leadership aide, who added that the bill will be packaged as a White House proposal and not a House-Senate compromise, in order to avoid baiting GOPers who might accuse Democrats of making "backroom deals."

The aide also said the inclusion of the Cadillac tax in its current form, which is not exactly what House Democrats wanted, "is what the White House wants to do," but "it's not a done deal. It can be changed later."