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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

Mitt's Tuesday speech laid out his plans to replace Obamacare—but would only worsen the lack of insurance and market distortion that preceded it. 

June 12, 2012

Republican leaders want to preserve some popular parts of “Obamacare,” and that drives the Tea Party nuts. 

May 17, 2012

What if the justices scrap healthcare reform as the Obama administration imagines it? What if they don't? Nurses say the healthcare crisis will still demand real reform.

March 27, 2012

Within one day Mitt managed to offend everybody by saying he was against the Blunt amendment, and then that he was for it. 

March 1, 2012

In the Republican frenzy to take down Obama, women and their health have become collateral damage.

February 16, 2012

It’s time that we realize the culture war is good for progressives.

February 13, 2012

Politifact declared Democrats’ complaint that Republicans voted to end Medicare the biggest lie of the year. But the Ryan budget the House GOP passed would end Medicare. 

December 20, 2011

The Democratic Senator from Oregon has endorsed Paul Ryan's plan to privatize Medicare, taking away the Democrats’ best issue in 2012. 

December 15, 2011

Why was a respected pediatrician and Harvard professor forced to resign from his government post?

December 5, 2011

The media love reporting on year-to-year fluctations in the American teen birth rate. Less attention is paid to the fact that teen pregnancy is exponentially more common in the United States than in other developed world nations.

November 18, 2011