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Progressives rejoiced when Sen. Harry Reid announced that the Senate healthcare bill would include a public option. But the jubilation was short-lived.

The Connecticut senator declared Tuesday that he would support a filibuster of any healthcare reform bill that has a public option--even the version with the "trigger" compromise accepted by Sen. Olympia Snowe.

Sen. Harry Reid will introduce a healthcare reform bill including an "opt-out" public option--grounds for disappointment, says Ari Melber.

Chris Hayes, The Nation's Washington editor, clears up some of the confusion regarding the future of the public option.

In the past month, momentum on healthcare reform has unmistakably shifted as progressives have taken to the streets, the Internet and the halls of Congress to push for a bold plan.

Healthcare reform is looking less like a fantasy and more like a probability--but we need to keep a close watch on affordability, financing and the public option.

Max Baucus's scheme to tax the benefits of workers slightly better off--so revenue can be raised for private insurance subsidies--is a lose-lose proposition.

A Congressional Budget Office report suggesting that a robust public option would actually cut the deficit seems to have lit a fire under Speaker Pelosi.

Author Sharon Lerner and Rep. Raul Grijalva discuss flaws in the Senate Finance Committee's health bill and increased popular support for a public option.

Is the so-called opt-out provision a worthy compromise for progressives who've already compromised just to get to a discussion of a public option?

Blogs

Like his father before him, the retiring congressman kept proposing single-payer healthcare. It’s still the best idea.

February 24, 2014

The Nation’s editor celebrated the recent successes of the Affordable Care Act in a roundtable on ABC’s This Week.

February 18, 2014

It launched months late, loads slowly and is poorly translated.

 

January 14, 2014

Eric with the latest reviews and Reed on the gaping holes in the mainstream media's coverage of unemployment benefits. 

January 7, 2014

Thanks to Chief Justice John Roberts, millions of poor Americans won’t get health insurance. 

December 31, 2013

An unlikely alliance takes on the Affordable Care Act. 

December 17, 2013

The anti-apartheid hero asked world leaders to “have the courage to ensure that, at last, we build a human world consistent with the provisions of that historic Declaration.”

December 10, 2013

President Obama, aka Middle-Man, is having a rough month.

November 25, 2013

You've got to admire their creativity.

November 19, 2013

Hows that market-based, buggy healthcare exchange working out for you?

November 12, 2013