.....all GOP Senators voting against the Democratic bill joined by a handfull of conservative Democrats.
Do you see why now any liberal talking about "bipartisanship" with these radicals is a sucker of the first order?
It's not over yet. Still three places it could be added. Well, four, if you count Snowe's triggered public option.
The Senate HELP and Finance Commitee bills have to be merged into one bill for the whole Senate to vote on; the HELP Committee has a public option (that was Kennedy's committee).
If the merged bill doesn't have a public option, one can be voted in by amendment on the Senate floor.
If the bill does leave the Senate, one can be conferenced in during the conference committee when they merge the House and Senate bills. The House bill will have a public option, so it's still possible to be added to the conference report.
What's this? Something brand new (to me, at least):
A new alternative to the public option is emerging
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Democratic Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington said a few moments ago that she is planning to offer an amendment to give states the power to negotiate down the price of insurance. If insurance companies agree to cover a chunk of the uninsured, states would help pay for the coverage. The states negotiate with insurers to set the cost and coverage of the program. The rates wouldn't be tied to Medicare or Medicaid, but set at the state level, she said.
... Cantwell said she is waiting on a CBO cost estimate before introducing the amendment.
A new alternative to the public option is emerging - Live Pulse - POLITICO.com