The Senate version of the health care bill includes a public option, which would let individuals who don't get insurance on the job and small businesses choose a government-sponsored plan. During this year's health care debate, NPR has used Howard County, Md., as its sounding board. Vic Broccolino, president and CEO of Howard County General Hospital, and Mark Applestein, a urologist and president of the hospital's professional staff, offer their take on the public option. Neither sees the public option as a problem.
In Howard Co., Md., Public Option Finds Support
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