Should Americans be able to enroll in a newly created, publicly administered health insurance option as the nation works to expand health coverage? That question is at the center of the current health reform debate. It is also the subject of the latest health policy brief from Health Affairs and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), which was released today.    

Update: Watch for a new, updated brief on the public option by Health Affairs on Monday, November 9.

The new brief explains the broad outlines of public health insurance plan proposals and probes the general concerns of supporters and opponents. It is the third in a series produced by Health Affairs with support from RWJF. The free, online policy briefs provide a clear overview of front-burner health issues. Alerts for the health policy briefs are available by email and RSS feed. You may also follow Health Affairs on Twitter for new alerts.