Public Option now Dead in SFC[UPDATE]
by nikkid, Tue Sep 29, 2009 at 12:18:33 PM EDT
The Senate Finance committe "debated" 2 public options - both failed.
The 1st one had 5 "No" votes from the following Democratic Senators: Baucus, Lincoln, Conrad, Nelson and Carper.
The 2nd option had 3 "No" votes from Dem Senators: Baucus, Lincoln, and Conrad.
Shame on all of the Democratic Senators who voted against these options.
More will be written as the day goes on. But this is not good news for progressive democrats and millions of Americans who cannot afford health insurance.[editor's note, by nikkid] The committee will hear 2 other ammendments tomorrow, in either case, it appears that the PO is DOA out of the Finance Committee. Senator Harkin, Chair of HELP Committee says that the Senate has a "comfortable" majority to pass a PO. Harkin believes Dems can muster 60 votes to break a filibuster. I only hope he's right. Will Baucus, Lincoln and Conrad join the others in a filibuster? Harkin seems to think so.