It may only be a small part of one of the competing ObamaCare bills, but it’s a victory nonetheless, and I’ll take my victories where and when they occur:
WASHINGTON—The Senate Finance Committee rejected amendments Tuesday that would add a government-run health-insurance plan to the committee’s health-care legislation, but debate over whether to adopt a public plan isn’t expected to end at the committee.
By a 15-8 vote, the committee rejected an amendment sponsored by Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D., W.Va.), that would create a public health-insurance option. Under Mr. Rockefeller’s amendment, a government-run plan would inherit Medicare’s network of doctors and hospitals and pay them based on Medicare payment rates for its first two years.
All Republicans on the panel voted against Mr. Rockefeller’s amendment, in addition to five Democrats: Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus of Montana, Bill Nelson of Florida, Kent Conrad of North Dakota, Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas and Thomas Carper of Delaware.
A similar amendment that would create a public plan, but that would pay doctors and hospitals at negotiated rates rather than Medicare rates, was offered by Sen. Charles Schumer (D., N.Y.). It failed by a 13-10 vote, with Messrs. Nelson and Carper voting in favor of it.
Note, please, the GOP did not and does not have the votes to defeat either of these amendments… this is Democrats voting against amendments offered by other Democrats.
In other words, we have an ongoing fight within the Democratic party about this… and that’s gotta be good news for those of us who want this ObamaCare monstrocity defeated!