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Franken says public option for health care provides competition for insurance companies

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Congressional officials say there's a move afoot among top Senate Democrats to try to strip the health insurance industry of its exemption from federal anti-trust laws.


If that happens, it would mean greater federal regulation of an industry that recently has stepped up its criticism, of portions of a health care bill moving toward the Senate floor.

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., says he continues to support the controversial public option proposal in health care reform.

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