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Thursday, October 01, 2009

Bleeding Heartland: The way forward on a public health insurance option

Excerpted from this post at Bleeding Heartland

As expected, the Senate Finance Committee rejected two amendments
yesterday that would have added a public health insurance option to
the health care reform bill Chairman Max Baucus drafted with a big
assist from industry lobbyists. Five Democrats voted with all the
committee Republicans against Senator Jay Rockefeller's amendment,
which would have created a national public option tied to Medicare
rates. Three Democrats also joined Republicans to vote down Senator
Chuck Schumer's much weaker "national level playing field" public
option. CA Berkeley WV liveblogged yesterday's hearing for Congress
Matters. Senator Chuck Grassley sang the same old song about the
"government run plan" forcing private insurance companies out of
business.

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