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Government health insurance option appears doomed
The Mercury News - David Espo, The Associated Press

Senior House Democrats have largely abandoned hopes of including a government-run insurance option in the final compromise health-care bill taking shape, according to several officials, and are pushing for other measures to rein in private insurers. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other senior Democrats told President Barack Obama in recent meetings that they want the legislation to strip the insurance industry of a long-standing exemption from federal antitrust laws, officials said.