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Public option keeps toehold in Senate deal on health bill

New York Times, December 10, 2009

The "broad agreement" that Senator Harry Reid announced on the proposed overhaul of the healthcare system was less a comprehensive accord among Democrats than an effort by the party's leaders to keep the process moving ahead as Republicans attempt to prolong the fight, the New York Times reports. The deal also did not entirely resolve the dispute over whether the legislation should include a public option, a government-run health plan to compete with private insurers, the Times reports.