Senate Committee Votes Against Public Option Proposal in Health Care Bill

September 29, 2009

(ChattahBox) — The Senate Finance Committee has voted to kill a public insurance plan amendment sponsored by Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va.,that would compete with private insurers. The 15-to-8 vote after a half-day of animated debate, bodes badly for the public option’s chances when the whole Senate debates it. Not surprisingly all Republicans on the panel voted against Rockefeller’s amendment, but in addition five Dems also did, including Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., along with Sens. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., Kent Conrad, D-N.D., Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., and Thomas Carper, D-Del.  Republicans saw the amendment as an attempt to expand the federal government’s reach and eliminate private insurers.  Aides to Senate majority leader, Senator Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada, say that he will not include a provision for the public option when he combines the measures coming out of the finance and health committees.  Members of the Senate Finance Committee will now debate an alternative plan put on the table by Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. His public insurance plan proposal modifies Rockefeller’s by mandating that the government negotiate rates with health care providers, like a private insurer does, instead of simply mandating them.



2 Responses to “Senate Committee Votes Against Public Option Proposal in Health Care Bill”

  1. Old Man Dotes on September 29th, 2009 5:06 pm

    So the majority of Americans want a public option, but the wealthy White people in the Senate don’t. “Screw you, American citizens! You don’t need affordable health insurance, and we do!”

    And people wonder why I regret serving over 20 years in the US Army. I should have gone to Canada and dodged the draft instead. At least I’d have health care.

  2. Aaron Dunn on September 30th, 2009 5:30 pm

    My concern with this health care reform, as an Independent, is that it’s all over the place, there are not enough specifics and it must be put into writing and as if “written in stone” so that not every illegal that comes to the US will get free healthcare and those that work hard all their citizen life in US pay for every “Tom, Dick and Harry”

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