Public Option Stumbles in Congress

September 29, 2009

The Senate Finance committee voted 15 to 8 and 13 to 10 in a bipartisan vote rejecting amendments to the Finance Committee’s deliberation over the senate health care reform bill.

As Max Baucus (D – MT) pushed his committee to draft a bill that would pass in the Senate, Senators Rockefeller (D-WV) and Schumer (D – NY) introduced amendments to include a government run insurance program as part of the bill.  Both amendments were voted down when roughly half of the democrats joined all the republicans in voting against the amendments.

… if the amendment is implemented, “every major hospital goes broke.”

The vote could signal reluctance on behalf of centrist democrats to accept a bill that includes a government run insurance program.

Senator Conrad (D – ND) indicate that he believes that if the Rockefeller amendment were adopted, “every major hospital goes broke”.

However, this doesn’t signal the end of the public option.  Senator Snowe (R – ME) indicated that a compromise idea would institute a public option as a threat to be implemented if insurance companies do not lower costs.

A more skeptical possibility could be Senator Dodd (D – CT) slipping in language in the middle of the night before a 4:00 a.m. vote that creates a public option.

In any case, the public option is far from DOA as the far left will continue to push for the public option despite eroding support.  Americans need to pay attention to what is going in in Congress to insure that we do not end up with a bill that destroys the free market and changes America in ways that move us more toward socialist republic.

The draft bill does include a mandate that all people buy health insurance which could end with people paying fines or going to jail.

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