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"Health care reform must build upon what works and improve inefficiencies. Individuals should be able to choose from a range of quality health insurance plans. Options should include private plans as well as a quality, affordable public plan or non-profit plan that can accomplish the same goals of a public plan."
—Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D.-Ark., " Issues and Legislation: Health," Senate Web site.
"Lincoln said that after today's procedural vote, the Senate will face additional hurdles to move this process forward that also require 60 votes. She stated that she would not help move the bill past the next stage if a government-run public option remains part of the legislation.
"'Rather than create an entirely new government-run health care plan to compete with private insurers, I support health insurance reform that focuses on changing the rules of our existing employer-based private health insurance system.'"
—Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D.-Ark., Newsroom: "Lincoln Committed To Shaping Senate Health Bill To Benefit Arkansans."
(Thanks to Igor Volsky, the Wonk Room.)