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Should Conservatives Want to Keep the Public Option?

The mysterious NRO staff has already referred to the non-game changing Washington Post/ABC poll on health care. There is one worrisome finding in that poll, which is that that opposition to President Obama’s version of health reform diminishes if the public option is removed. Without the public option, poll respondents back the president’s plan 50–42. It’s ironic, but keeping the public option in the package that the House and Senate vote on actually gives conservatives the best chance of defeating it.

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