The public plan has seen more reincarnations than the Dalai Lama.
When Harry Reid released his merged Senate bill, he breathed new life into the debate, by including a public health insurance option that would allow individual states to opt out. Now, Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) hopes to reach that 60 vote threshhold with a compromise that could assuage moderates' fears while keeping liberals on board.
The details, which could be unveiled as soon as next week, are still up in the air. Carper’s been working closely with Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Mary Landrieu (D-LA) as well as a familiar dealmaker from Maine, Senator Olympia Snowe. The Hill’s J. Taylor Rushing and Bob Cusack provide an overview and lay out in broad strokes what Carper’s plan might look like: