By a 15-8 vote, the Senate Finance Committee just made sure the so-called public option will not be part of its version of legislation to overhaul the nation's health care system.
As the Associated Press notes, the outcome is not a surprise.
A public option — basically a government-backed alternative to private or employer-paid insurance — is part of four other bills that have been passed by Congressional committees. And, as we reported just a short time ago, a key Senate Democrat says there are enough votes in his chamber to keep the public option in any health care plan.
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