The Senate Finance Committee voted this afternoon to defeat Sen. Jay Rockefeller’s proposal to add a public option to Chairman Max Baucus’ bill…then voted against a public option a second time, on an amendment offered by Sen. Chuck Schumer. More coverage here and here.
No, this isn’t nearly the end of the debate over a public option for health insurance. No, a vote in committee doesn’t always guarantee a vote when the whole body takes up a bill and a public option amendment is put forward again. But this afternoon’s votes do suggest that the Senate’s red-state Democrats (I believe “Blue Dog Democrats” applies only to members of the House) are willing to cast a public vote, rather than just speaking out, against a provision that their more liberal colleagues have insisted upon.
The fat lady hasn’t even started driving to the theater.