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U.S. Sen. Roland Burris is sticking by his support for a public option in health care reform legislation. And Burris says any provision that would let states opt out is “not as strong.”

U.S. Sen. Roland Burris is sticking by his support for a public option in health care reform legislation. And Burris says any provision that would let states opt out is "not as strong." Burris visited a public hospital in Chicago on Monday to talk about health care and his commitment to vote against any measure that doesn’t include a "strong" public option. Officials in Washington are paying attention to what Burris says about health care because Democrats are anxious to pass legislation and will need every vote to do it. Democratic Senate leader Harry Reid of Nevada is behind a compromise plan that has a government-run option that states could opt out of. But Burris says an opt-out program would have "nuances" that would prevent a strong public option. Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.

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