Day 9 of the Senate health care reform debate. Senators discuss an amendment, submitted by Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE), restricting the use of federal funds for abortions and Senator John McCain’s (R-AZ) motion to commit on Medicare Advantage beneficiaries. The Nelson Amendment failed on a vote of 54 to 45. The Senate also took up Senator Dorgan’s prescription drug re-importation amendment.
In addition, the Senate reached an agreement on health care legislation that would no longer include a new government-run insurance program, or “public option.”