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September 15, 2009

Daily Pulse: Has Baucus pulled Snowe's trigger?

Gang of Six member Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-MN) hinted on national television that the long-awaited Baucus bill won't have a triggered public option. Which is surprising, considering the trigger was her idea in the first place.

A public option might still prevail (with or without a trigger) even if it doesn't appear in the bill that we're assured is coming out of Max Baucus's Finance Committee any minute. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA), chair of the HELP Committee, is promising that a "robust public option" will pass by Christmas.

Read more in my latest health care bulletin at the Media Consortium.


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