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What? The Public Option Is a Point of Contention?

Apparently, some Dems have feelings about government-run health care...


Somehow, it seems ironic that government-run health care is a matter of contention with Democratic majority of the Senate.

Still, that is the reality Harry Reid faces as the health care bill moves to the Senate floor. From The Washington Post:

"Despite the success in the test vote, the fragile consensus in the Democratic caucus will face its greatest test yet as the health-care debate moves to the Senate floor and Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (Nev.) struggles to stave off internal schisms. The cracks in the 60-member caucus are most obvious over the public insurance option.

One member of the Democratic caucus, independent Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (Conn.), reiterated Sunday that he will oppose any bill that contains a public option. Appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press," he called such a government-run plan "radical."

"We have a health-care system that has real troubles, but we have an economic system that is in real crisis," Lieberman said. "And I don't want to fix the problems in our health-care system in a way that creates more of an economic crisis."