With the Senate Tuesday afternoon rejecting tough anti-abortion rules passed by the House with a 10 vote margin, and the public option withering away, Obama’s spindly- legged health care reform may have broken through the barriers set up by the right. Needless to say, this required abject unconditional surrender of the liberals. Reuters reports the abortion vote with a note on the public option:
The amendment would have blocked people who receive federal subsidies from buying insurance plans that cover abortions and prohibited a proposed government insurance plan from offering abortion coverage in most circumstances.
The issue of a government-run insurance plan might be moot as Senate negotiators worked on a deal to substitute a non-profit plan operated by private insurers but administered by the Office of Personnel Management, which supervises health coverage for federal workers.The abortion issue and the government-run insurance plan, which some moderates had opposed, are the two biggest stumbling blocks to passage of a sweeping healthcare overhaul that is President Barack Obama’s top domestic priority.