The Boston Globe’s website featured an article that brought another chapter in the ongoing story of whether or not a so-called public option should be included in the nation’s health care reform. As the story reports here, the Senate Finance Committee voted down a measure to include the public option in their version of a reform bill.
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, who did not include a public option in his markup of the proposal, had this this to say:
“My job is to put together a bill that gets to 60 votes” in the full Senate, the Montana Democrat said shortly before he joined a majority on the committee in opposing the provision. “No one shows me how to get to 60 votes with a public option,” the term used to describe a new government role in health care. It takes 60 votes in the 100-member Senate to overcome delaying actions that Republicans may attempt.
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