Pelosi makes case for public health option

October 15, 2009 9:50:38 AM PDT
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the case is growing stronger for allowing the government to sell health insurance in competition with private companies. The California Democrat said Thursday that any doubts about the need for a so-called public option as part of health care overhaul legislation should be laid to rest by recent actions of the health insurance industry.

She was referring to the industry funding a study and ad campaign to attack a health care bill in the Senate.

Although the public option remains unpopular with business groups, conservatives and some moderate Democrats, Pelosi says it is imperative to help middle-class families afford insurance - and will be included in the strongest form possible in the House's health care bill.

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