Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) answered some important questions at his Capitol Hill news conference today: The health reform bill he will send to the Senate floor will include a public health insurance plan with a state opt-out provision, and as a result the much-courted Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) — the lone Republican to vote in committee for any Congressional health reform measure — will at least as of now not support the bill.

Sen. Reid twice pointedly chose not to answer another question: Can he hold the 60 votes from the Democratic caucus needed to overcome a united Republican filibuster and pass a bill containing a public option? Stay tuned.

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