Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and 29 of his colleagues have sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid supporting a public option.
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"Support for the public option runs deep in the Senate," Brown said. "Health insurance reform is all about lowering costs, improving care, and increasing choice for consumers. In too many parts of the country, one or two insurance companies control the majority of the market. This isn't good for consumers, businesses, or taxpayers. As we finalize health reform legislation, we shouldn't forget that a majority of Americans, doctors, and Members of Congress support a public option."
You can read the letter below the fold. In it, Brown notes that one of the major differences between a public option and a private co-op proposal is that a public option would be "available continuously in all parts of the country." That's by way of contrast to a new proposal, gaining traction right now, to let individual states opt out of any national public option.
Tonight, I'm told, Brown and several of his colleagues will present it on the floor and push the line that the public option has significant support in the Senate.