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PUBLIC OPTION: Howard Dean Won't Go Away

And we're better off for it.

"The worst thing that could happen is to pass a bill without a public option," Dean told an assembly of Democratic activists in a fiery speech at a pep rally and picnic here last weekend. "Then we'd put 60 billion new dollars a year into the health insurance industry that is busy taking away your health insurance when you need it most, stopping you from getting health insurance, taking it away if you lose a job and not giving it back to you if you get it back."

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