Carrie Budoff Brown

Public Option Dream Fading Fast

The Lund Report
The dream of a government-run insurance plan for everyone has died a death of a thousand cuts

Originally at Politico.com
December 10, 2009 -- It seemed like the only thing Democrats talked about for a year, the big idea that would transform health care in America — a government-run insurance plan to compete with private insurers.

But a mere six days of negotiations, hastened by political realities and a ticking clock, changed all that.

Supporters of the idea woke up Wednesday to a disappointing new truth, given all they had invested in the proposal:

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