Former campaign staff members of President Obama rally outside the White House with a message that health reform without the public option is not 'Change We Can Believe In' on September 8, 2009 in Washington, DC.
Senate Democrats are weighing a compromise on the public option to secure the 60 votes needed to pass filibuster-proof health care legislation. Under the plan, the government would yield the administration of public health insurance to a private company operating as a non-profit. Meanwhile, Medicare would expand to cover those as young as 55. Does the compromise cut costs, gain votes, and reduce bureaucratic inefficiencies? Or, have Senate Dems sold out the uninsured?
Noam Levey, Los Angeles Times, Staff Reporter based in Washington DC
Shana Alex Lavarreda, Director of Health Insurance Studies, UCLA Center for Health Policy Research