"No experiment can be more interesting than that we are now trying, and which we trust will end in establishing the fact, that man may be governed by reason and truth. Our first object should therefore be, to leave open to him all the avenues to truth. The most effectual hitherto found, is the freedom of the press. It is, therefore, the first shut up by those who fear the investigation of their actions." --Thomas Jefferson to John Tyler, 1804.

Was there ever much doubt?

Around here, we never had much doubt that Senator Ron Wyden was a yes vote for the public option on health insurance (for which he voted favorably twice in the Senate Finance Committee). In many places, his advocacy for his own bill (the Wyden-Bennett) seemed to be read as opposition to public option. But they were never in conflict and, as Wyden points out, actually mesh well.

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A strong video on the subject, with Wyden doing some battle on this (something some Oregonians may find interesting, given the senator’s generally affable nature). Hat tip to Blue Oregon, which also highlighted this quote from Arianna Huffington: “So, I’m very grateful to Senator Wyden for taking the leadership on this, because otherwise there’s no point having so-called “reform” that will actually reform nothing. And, in fact, then Republicans will say, ‘You see, another government reform effort that didn’t work.'”

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