posted on Sep, 29 2009 @ 02:51 PM
WASHINGTON — After a half-day of animated debate, the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday rejected efforts by liberal Democrats to add a
government-run health insurance plan to major health care legislation, dealing the first official setback to an idea that many Democrats, including
President Obama, say they support.
All of the other versions of the health care legislation advancing in Congress — a bill approved by the Senate health committee and a trio of bills
in the House — include some version of the government-run plan, or public option.Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
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This just in about an hour ago.
The Senate Finance Committee is just one committee voting on health care reform bills. I am not surprised the public option was defeated here because
there are so many Republicans on the Finance Committee. They are concerned with protecting the profits of the health insurance companies.
There are I think four other bills that have the public option included in them.
Which version of the bill is passed by Congress is yet to be determined.
The public option is not dead yet.
This is the time for the president to make a strong stand in favor of health care reform that will really work, and not just be a big federally funded
bonanza for big insurance and big pharma, as the Senate Finance Committee wants.
[edit on 29-9-2009 by Sestias]