The Senate Finance Committee voted 15-to-8 against creating a new government health insurance plan to create a government-run insurance program, a measure opposed by private insurers.
Five committee Democrats, including Chairman Max Baucus, joined with all 10 committee Republicans to defeat the measure by Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia who said a “public option” would have offered a competitor to private insurance companies
There are other amendments to come that would also create a government option. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.), has drafted a second proposal and plans to introduce it on the Senate floor.
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