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Reid Will Back Public Option If GOP Barrier Fails

Friday, 19 Feb 2010 11:19 PM

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he will support allowing the government to sell insurance in competition with private industry if the White House and Democratic leaders push a healthcare bill with no Republican backing.

Many conservatives and some moderates oppose the so-called public option. It's in the House bill, but not the Senate version. The White House is trying to reconcile the two bills before Thursday's bipartisan summit.

Reid's office said Friday he will work with the White House and Democratic lawmakers to try to craft a public option that can overcome obstacles such as a bill-killing GOP filibuster.

Some congressional Democrats say they doubt the White House would include a public option in the proposal it will unveil Monday.

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