Public Option Appears to be Doomed

Over the weekend, momentum built to exclude a government-backed public insurance option from any national health-care reform plan.

Robert Pear offered a smart analysis in The New York Times; then Maine Republican Olympia Snowe weighed in against the public option. The Globe concurred, with a story this morning. Democrats seem to be accepting the loss, with Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California telling CNN, there's "more than one way to skin a cat."

Still, a new nationwide survey finds that 73 percent of doctors support a public insurance options, NPR reports.

This program aired on September 14, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.

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Rachel Zimmerman previously reported on health and the intersection of health and business for WBUR. She is working on a memoir about rebuilding her family after her husband’s suicide. 



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