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Reid's push for public option creates new barriers for bill

Wall Street Journal, October 28, 2009

The push by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for a public health-insurance option is creating new obstacles for healthcare legislation in the Senate, despite new poll data suggesting a plurality of Americans support the idea. Connecticut independent Sen. Joe Lieberman said that he would vote to block passage of the Senate healthcare bill in its current form, dealing an initial blow to Reid's effort to gather 60 votes. But a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll suggested the public option is gaining support: 48% of respondents supported the idea; 42% were opposed, and 10% weren't sure. In a September poll, 46% of respondents supported it, 48% opposed it and 6% were undecided.