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Pelosi presses for a public option

Wall Street Journal, September 25, 2009

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stepped up her push for a publicly run health plan, saying it could "save enormous amounts of money." Congressional aides said including a government-run plan for people under 65 in the health overhaul could save as much as $100 billion, if such a plan were to pay healthcare providers the low rates used by Medicare. The resulting savings would allow Democrats to keep subsidies and other provisions intended to help lower-income people buy health insurance.