Proposed deficit remedy: the healthcare 'public option'
As both political parties worry about the growing federal deficit, an unlikely proposal is returning from last year's divisive healthcare debate: the "public option."
Creating a major government health insurance program was roundly rejected last year, but 128 House Democrats are pushing to reconsider the idea, contending that it would hold down federal spending.
Their bill, which faces long odds, would allow Americans who do not get insurance at work to choose a government health plan starting in 2014.
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