The Senate Finance Committee just voted 15-8 against an amendment offered by Sen. John Rockefeller (D-WV), which would have established a self-financing robust public health insurance option. Democratic Sens. Max Baucus, Kent Conrad, Blanche Lincoln, Bill Nelson, and Tom Carper voted with the Republicans to defeat the provision.
The Senators who voted for the public option: Sens. John Rockefeller, Jeff Bingaman, John Kerry, Maria Cantwell, Ron Wyden, Chuck Schumer, Bob Menendez, and Debbie Stabenow.
,The Committee will vote on a public option amendment offered by Sen. Chuck Schumer next. Sen. Bill Nelson has already said he will vote for that amendment.