Pelosi makes case for public health option

WASHINGTON - October 15, 2009 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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