By a vote of 10 to 13, the Senate Finance Committee rejects Schumer's public option amendment. This was considered the weaker of the two proposals and would have allowed for negotiated reimbursement rates. Baucus, Conrad, and Lincoln voted with the Republicans to defeat the amendment. As with the Rockefeller Amendment, Finance Comm. Chairman Baucus used circular logic to vote against it "because [he] doesn't see how it can get 60 votes" on the Senate floor.
It is now unlikely the Senate Finance version of HCR will contain a public option. The Senate HELP Committee and the House versions all include a public option, however. Speaker Pelosi and the majority of the House Progressive Caucus have vowed not to support legislation that does not include the public option.