Public Option Defeated in the Senate Finance Committee

CapCritFNLIn an effort to enable a public insurance program to compete with insurance companies to provide lower-priced, reliable choices for consumers shopping for health care coverage, Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) offered an amendment during mark-up of the Senate Finance Health Reform Bill to do so.  The amendment was defeated by a vote of 15 – 8, with Senators Max Baucus (D-MT), Kent Conrad (D-ND), Blanche Lincoln (D-AR), Bill Nelson (D-FL), and Thomas Carper (D-DE) joining all the Republicans in opposing the amendment.  Opportunities still exist to get a public option into the final piece of legislation passed, with a vote in the Senate on a health care reform bill expected in the next few weeks.




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