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White House open to deal on public health plan

Wall Street Journal, July 7, 2009

It is more important that healthcare legislation inject stiff competition among insurance plans than it is for Congress to create a pure government-run option, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel said. His comments came as the Senate Finance Committee pushed for a bipartisan deal, and one of the most contentious issues is whether to create a public health-insurance plan to compete with private companies.