November 18, 2009 / 11:22 PM / 10 years ago

US Senate health plan includes public option-senator

WASHINGTON, Nov 18 (Reuters) - U.S. Democratic Senator Kent Conrad said on Wednesday the Senate’s healthcare overhaul will include a government-run insurance option that states can choose not to participate in.

Conrad told reporters after a meeting of Senate Democrats the bill to be unveiled by Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid also would raise the Medicare payroll tax for high earners and include a levy on high-cost insurance plans.

Editing by Eric Beech

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