Over White House Skepticism, Reid Likely To Go The Opt Out Route

Congressional Quarterly/Newscom

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will send a health care legislation to CBO today, and details of his proposal will be unveiled shortly thereafter, TPMDC has learned. A highly placed source suggests that Reid’s preference remains to include a public option with an opt out clause, despite the fact that the White House is skeptical that this is the most politically viable strategy.

As TPMDC has reported, the move would make it much less likely that Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) will ultimately support the bill, and the White House conveyed skepticism to Reid last week that he was making the right call.

However, a senior White House official tells TNR‘s Jonathan Cohn that the White House will ultimately back whatever Reid decides to do. Sounds like we’ll know for sure pretty soon.

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