Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., proposes letting Americans in some states have the "public option" while leaving out other Americans who happen in lives in states that choose to opt out. The politically motivated idea offends Washington Post columnist David Broder. "Consider the precedent that would be set if a major piece of social legislation were to be passed with a states' rights provision," Broder wrote. "Imagine, for example, if Franklin Roosevelt had signed the first Social Security law with the proviso that any states with Republican governors and legislatures could exempt themselves from its coverage. This might have seemed a minimal concession to conservative opinion. But what would have followed? How long before some states would have demanded an exemption from the wage-and-hour law that established a minimum wage? And what about the clamor in a broad swath of the country when the first civil rights law was passed?"