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Today on Capitol Hill a showdown took place on health care reform and your future. The battle was over whether there should be a so-called public option or a government-run health insurance plan. Liberal Democrats lost the fight today, twice, in the Senate Finance Committee - but they're not giving up.
This isn't just a battle across party lines. We're seeing Democrats battle Democrats. The committee's chairman, Democratic Senator Max Baucus voted against the public option. He said there's no way it could beat a filibuster in the Senate.
But public option supporter Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) cited data from the non-partisan Congressional Budge Office that says the provision would save the government $50 billion. His push failed in a 15-8 vote.
Then Sen. Chuck Schumer made his case. He also lost, though by a closer margin of 13 to 10.
"If today were the last battle we'd come close and we'd have lost. But today's the first battle and we are really feeling good. You heard the tone of the debate. All the momentum is on our side," Schumer said.
But most Republicans feel a public option means the government will eventually take over your health care choices.
"I can tell you right now it would be a disaster. And what's worse the American people would lose an awful lot of control over their own health care needs," Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch said.
We'll be digging deeper on the debate. Share your thoughts below.
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