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Braley Predicts Public Option Will Become Law

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JOHNSTON (AP) - U.S Rep. Bruce Braley predicts the final version of a health care overhaul plan will include a public option, providing coverage to people who don't have insurance through their employers.

Speaking Friday on the Iowa Public Television program "Iowa Press," Braley expressed little concern for the possible political fallout over health care reform. Braley says he's been clear that he supports comprehensive changes, and if that costs him public support he can live with it because reforming the system is so important.

Braley says his support for the House's health care plan was "one of the proudest votes I've taken."

Braley says the so-called public option is needed because private insurers haven't been able to confront issues such as increasing costs and limited coverage.