Health Care

Senate Bill Includes Public Option

Is everybody happy? The $849 billion health-care bill that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid unveiled on Wednesday night includes a public option, which states will be able to opt out of, and compromises on abortion coverage—federal funds will be prohibited from being spent on abortions, but one plan in the exchange would be required to offer abortion services and another would not. In order to push the bill through, Reid is turning to the big guns: Vice President Joe Biden, Tom Daschle, and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar are plotting strategy with Reid.