Showdown at the Pub Opt Corral


We’ve now got a fresh read on what happened behind the scenes over the last 24 hours on the health care reform front — and how it’s made it significantly more likely there will be a real public option included in the final legislation.

The negotiators at last night’s closed door meeting looked at a survey of opinions of the key moderates and conservative Dems that suggested suggested that they weather a public option being in the bill as long as they got an opportunity to vote it out during the floor debate.

But Sen. Baucus this morning tried to rally the Dem holdouts to kick up a storm against the emerging consensus that getting a public option in the bill was doable. But his efforts appear to have fallen flat. Brian Beutler’s got our late report with all the details.


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