Behind Harry Reid's Bid for a Public Option

As the battle to shape the health-care reform bill comes down to the wire, maneuvering in Washington is intensifying enormously. Politicians are strategizing to get the votes they need, while lobbyists and other interest groups are scrambling either to maximize what they can get—or minimize the costs and the damage—as push comes to shove over what each bill will contain before the Senate and House move into final conference negotiations.

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