Politico has a story on the upcoming summery of Ted Kennedy's HELP committee bill, set to be released this afternoon. Chris Dodd, who's been quarterbacking this for Kennedy, says the contentious issues have been left out, but only for now:
"There are some gaps. But there are no gaps in our determination, my determination and that of my colleagues to have a public option, pay-or-play, or biologics," Dodd said. "But I left those areas open for dicussion not because they are open for some sort of decision on whether or not we ought move in that direction. But I wanted my Republican colleagues on the committee to know I wanted to their ideas, I want to hear what they have to say."
I just received confirmation from high-level sources involved in the discussions that Kennedy's bill will indeed have a public heatlth insurance option included when it is released on Friday, as Dodd alluded to. So, huzzah for good news!