The Senate voted for cloture this morning on an $871 billion bill to extend health care coverage to most Americans.
Senator Ben Nelson, D-Nebraska, the last holdout, said Saturday that he would support the bill after Senate Majority leader Harry Reid unveiled his final package of changes. Nelson had said he would filibuster the bill because it federally funded abortions.
Here's the difference between abortion funding in the House and the Senate versions of the health care proposal, according to Paul Kane of the Washington Post.
Under the new abortion provisions, states can opt out of allowing plans to cover abortion in the insurance exchanges the bill would set up. The exchanges are designed to serve individuals who lack coverage through their jobs, with most receiving federal subsidies to buy insurance. Enrollees in plans that cover abortion procedures would pay with separate checks – one for abortion, one for any other health-care services.This was an effort to comport with the 32-year ...1