This just in from Politico's Twitter
: The Rockefeller Amendment to create a public health insurance option has died 8-15.
Sen. Jeff Bingaman's spokeswoman Jude McCartin tells SFR that Bingaman was one of the eight to vote for the public option. McCartin says Bingaman hopes to make a statement later today, but there are still a shit ton of amendments to get through.
KSFR has an update
: Bingaman also voted for the Schumer Amendment to create a public option. That one died 10-13.
Update, 4pm. Bingaman has released the following statement:
If we're going to drive down health care costs for the long term, we need to have adequate competition in the marketplace. I strongly believe we should create a non-profit entity to compete with insurance companies to offer the best care at the lowest cost. While neither public option amendment considered today was approved, we still have an opportunity to write a bill that encourages healthy competition.