What is a Cost Down ‘Litmus’ Test?
Two House Democrats Say They Could Vote For Reform Without Public Option. The AP (12/28, Woodward) reports that Reps. James Clyburn (D-SC) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), “two House Democrats who favor a government insurance plan…acknowledged Sunday it might have to be sacrificed as negotiators work out a final agreement with the Senate.” Clyburn said that “he could vote for a final bill that does not embrace a public plan” but “set out conditions for yielding himself.” A final bill must “create more choice for insurers, create more competition for insurance companies, and to contain costs,” he said. Likewise, Van Hollen said, “Before the House was to give up the public option, we would want to be persuaded that there are other mechanisms in whatever bill comes out that will keep down premiums.”
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