Conrad says gov't insurance plan short of support

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Kent Conrad of North Dakota says that there are good arguments for the proposal but probably not the votes it needs in the Senate.

Most Republicans and some Democrats object to the government
getting into the health insurance business, saying it would hurt
private insurers. Obama argues that a government option would help
keep down costs.

Conrad is proposing a compromise plan that would set up
membership-based cooperatives using government help but not run by
the government.

Conrad appeared Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union."

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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