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A Public Option is Within Reach -- Dems Can't Back Down

Tom Daschle and Dianne Feinstein are among the many who need to step up to the plate.

It’s official: the overwhelming majority of Americans are demanding a public option healthcare plan. And in what seems to be a perfect storm of GOP buffoonery and historic approval ratings, Barack Obama actually has the political capital to make it a reality. So why is it that so many Democrats, their tails tucked firmly between their legs, have set about undermining it?

The pussy-footing began (overtly, at least) June 17, when Tom Daschle and Bob Dole began pushing their own “solution” to the healthcare dilemma: a proposal that would let states administer public insurance pools instead of the federal government. Along with this, they vowed to nix a public option if it came on the table.

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