Several top Senate Democrats are looking for a way to push a public option back in to health insurance reform legislation.
On Wednesday, the Senate Finance Committee approved an $829 billion bill without a public option, but liberals in Congress have insisted on keeping the public option which would allow the government to sell health insurance.
"We are all talking together, trying to find something that not everyone will love but the entire (Democratic) caucus will come to agreement on," said Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. "It's going to be something flexible, but not weak."
Some of the proposals include:
- Allowing states to decide whether to offer government care.
- Using the public option as a last resort if the cost of private plans gets out of control.
Still, business leaders and conservatives remain strongly opposed to a government-run insurance plan.