Early Morning Swim: Rachel Maddow Discusses Public Option with Bernie Sanders
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Merry Christmas, liberals!
Under the compromise developed by a group of conservative and liberal Democrats, the Senate legislation would no longer include a new government-run insurance program, or “public option,” for Americans who do not get coverage through their employers.
Instead, the government would essentially contract with a nonprofit insurer to provide a nationwide plan that would serve as the public option, according to officials briefed on the discussions. [...]
Sens. Russell D. Feingold (D-Wis.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), both leading liberals, expressed reservations Tuesday evening about any legislation without a government plan. “I do not support proposals that would replace the public option in the bill with a purely private approach,” Feingold said.
Sanders comments to Maddow are interesting.