September 29th, 2009
09:15 AM ET
13 years ago

Senate Democrats plan to force vote on public option

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Democratic leaders in the House meet this week to hammer over health care reform issues."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Two members of the Senate Finance Committee plan to put their Democratic colleagues on the spot on Tuesday by offering amendments on whether to give uninsured Americans the opportunity to join a government insurance program.

While health care reform legislation in the House and an alternate plan in the Senate have included a so-called "public option," the Finance Committee's version, which Republicans haven't rejected completely, has not included a government-sponsored provision.

Sens. Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia and Chuck Schumer of New York planned to offer the amendments last week before the action was delayed.

It's not clear whether the two Democrats have the votes on the committee to get their amendments passed. But it is clear that the debate could be contentious, if last week's discussion was any indication, with Republican Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona banging his fist on the table in an effort to be heard.

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  1. WIll 18E

    Will some tell the Tea Baggers, there are Republicans that want the Public Option.

    September 29, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  2. Don McLaughlin

    Jon Kyl should bang his head on the table ... in an attempt to make some sense. His point... if you could call it that ... was that He ... apparently a male, didn't need maternity care ... thus ... health insurance shouldn't be required to cover it....

    Hmmmm ... Ask him about his viagra use and if it is covered....

    With legislators like this representing the insurance industry, who represents us....

    Yet another reason to let Medicare cover whoever wants to pay for it...

    He doesn't need maternity coverage ..... now that bit of wisdom adds lots of intelligence to the health care discussion...

    September 29, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  3. in WI

    YES! GO FOR IT! And I am sure all the repubs will be enrolling in it, just like how they all now accept their social security and medicare!

    September 29, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  4. Melissa

    Good. Get it done. Enough of this playing around. I only know one person in real life thats against a public option, the rest of them are all for it, so this idiotic idea that everyone hates it is just dumb. And I live in Louisiana where most people are blindly Republican.

    September 29, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
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