The U.S. Senate will begin a full chamber debate on health care reform this week.
The Senate finance committee, the final committee to address the legislation before the full chamber debate, last week voted down two public option plans. It will vote on the final draft of the bill this week.
The public option, proposed by President Barack Obama, is a government-run insurance plan intended to provide coverage for those not already covered by private insurers
It would be a part of the health care marketplace like any private insurance plan. Those who want to switch from private insurers to the public plan would pay a premium fee.
Many Republicans argued against the public option because they said it would put private health insurance companies out of business, leaving the government to pay for every citizen’s health care.