There was never much doubt about this, but just to make it official, Sen. Paul Kirk (D-MA) does indeed support a public option.
“Senator Kirk believes there should be a public option to keep costs down and keep insurance companies honest,” says his spokesman, Keith Maley. “[D]uring his short service in the United States Senate, he looks forward to seeing what can be done to reach that goal.”
It comes as no surprise, of course, that a Massachusetts Democrat replacing Ted Kennedy supports a public option. But this demonstrates that, with Kennedy’s seat filled, the 60th vote for health care reform won’t necessarily belong to public option skeptic Olympia Snowe–and the question of a public option is technically one for Democrats to answer alone.