Yesterday, Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid announced that he will include a government-backed insurance plan in the Senate’s health care reform legislation. This legislation would allow states to opt out of the government plan.
While no individual would be forced to buy the public option if their state participated, some legislators have cited that they would be more willing to support a public option with this opt-out provision. As of yet, there are few details as to how the opt-out mechanism would work.
While there is broad based public support for such a plan, it is unclear whether there is enough support in the Senate to pass this proposed legislation.