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Letter: Strong public option needed

Health care reform without a true public option is the insurance industry's dream. A strong public option -- available on day one -- is the only way to keep the insurance industry's greed in check.

Rep. Collin Peterson needs to only support health care reform that has a strong public option. Anything without a public option isn't real reform.

Rep. Collin Peterson needs to pledge to vote against bills without a strong public option.

"Triggers" won't work because the lobbyists will inevitably design the standards the insurance industry needs to meet.

"Co-ops" are fake public options. I urge Rep. Collin Peterson not to support them either.

Ruth Trageser