Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has tasked Senator Tom Carper of Delaware with making over the public option: The current opt-out version in the Senate bill lacks 60 votes. Carper has been working closely, apparently, with conservative Democrats and Republican Senator Olympia Snowe. Carper recently touted a proposal that would establish a public-insurance program with government money, but would hand control of it over to a non-governmental board and which would be ineligible for any public dollars beyond its initial seed money. Carper expects that he’ll be able to unveil his compromise next week.
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