Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) said that negotiations over an alternative to a public health plan continued Monday even while a key senator signaled a shift away from such an initiative.
Discussions around that plan, patterned on a co-op model, come as a new poll showed strong support for a Medicare-like plan that would compete against private payers.
A New York Times/CBS News poll, released over the weekend, showed that 72% of 895 people surveyed said they would support a public health plan akin to Medicare, while only 22% said they were opposed. Many of those who said they favored a public plan identified themselves as Republicans, according to the poll.