Senator Ben Nelson’s abortion amendment to the Health Reform bill failed in senate vote of 54 to 45. Nelson’s amendment sought to restrict the use of federal funds for abortion. Earlier, Nelson had threatened to filibuster the bill if it did not include his amendment. As indicated in this politico piece, Nelson did not sound to be in a compromising mood.
With this amendment failing, it sounds like the prospects of a public option with healthcare reform legisilation has been dealt a serious blow.
What do you bloggers think? As a certain person some of us know used to say, “does the perfect have to be the enemy of the good?” Or is this an issue so important that it is a hill worth dying on? I haven’t made up my mind yet. Would love to hear from others on this.