Down, but not out:
A key Senate panel on Tuesday voted against creating a new government health insurance plan to compete with the private market.
The 15-to-8 vote in the Senate Finance Committee could forecast the fate of the public option in the Senate as a whole…Five committee Democrats, including Chairman Max Baucus, joined with all 10 committee Republicans to defeat the measure by Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia.
The panel then began debating amore conservative public option amendment from Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.
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