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Peterson says public option in health care reform not central focus

Rep. Collin Peterson said he is not surprised the idea of a public option for health care reform looks to be going by the wayside.

On WDAY AM's "The Morning Buzz" this morning, Peterson said the public option portion of the hotly contested health care reform debate is probably the least important part.

A public option will do "zero good" if other problems with the country's health care system, including the disparity in Medicare payments, are not addressed, said Peterson, who represents Minnesota's 7th District.

Peterson hosted a health care forum this afternoon in Bemidji.