WASHINGTON (AP) - The public option will be front and center today as senators resume their effort to craft a health care reform bill.
Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus pointedly omitted having the government compete with private insurers from his proposal--saying he didn't think it could pass the Senate.
He instead proposed co-ops to provide choice and competition.
But many Democrats say they can't support a reform package without the public option.
Two Democratic senators plan to offer public option amendments, arguing its the best way to rein in health care costs
Republicans have argued long and hard against that approach.
And while surveys show a lot of support for the public option--there's also widespread opposition.