Discuss as:

Congress: The Carper option

"A new measure on the public option will be unveiled next week, which Senate Democratic leaders hope will break the logjam on healthcare reform," The Hill reports. "Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), who has been tapped by Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to come up with a Plan B approach to the public option controversy that has divided Democrats, has been working closely with liberal and conservative Democrats, as well as Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine)… Carper, a junior member of the Finance Committee, was tight-lipped on the details of his plan, but noted that he has been talking extensively with Snowe."

"Sen. Pat Leahy (D-Vt.) will file an amendment to the Senate healthcare bill in order to repeal the insurance industry's antitrust exemption on Tuesday. The House included a similar repeal in its legislation, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has expressed support for it. But some centrist Democrats oppose the repeal. Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) has said he's secured an assurance from Reid that the provision will not be included in the final Senate bill… Sen. Joe Lieberman has joined Leahy in calling for a repeal, an interesting move for the Connecticut Independent whose state is home to several insurance firms' headquarters.  'There is no reason that health insurers should be exempt from our federal antitrust laws,' Lieberman said in a statement."

Per Roll Call, "Starting Tuesday, the Senate Republican Communications Center, McConnell's version of Reid's war room, began a rapid-response plan based on the GOP's efforts during the fight over Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor's nomination, GOP aides said. During that debate, McConnell's staff sought to rebut Sotomayor's testimony, as well as statements by Democratic lawmakers in favor of her nomination. For the duration of the health care debate, McConnell's office will take a similar approach, providing real-time rebuttals to Democrats' floor statements and amendments."