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Monday, July 27, 2009

Senate Finance Committee Health Care Proposal Deep-Sixes Public Option

Stephen C. Webster writes:

Six bipartisan members of the Senate Finance Committee have reached an agreement on healthcare reforms that eschews the president’s insistence on a low-cost, public option, a published report said Monday evening. The plan also drops the requirement for employers to provide their workers’ insurance.

Though significantly stripped down from prior versions, the group’s compromise would prevent any insurance company from denying coverage and would block higher premiums for patients with pre-existing conditions, the Associated Press reported.

The senators’ effort was cheered by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and drug company lobbying group PhRMA, the report noted.

link: Raw Story » Senators’ bipartisan health ‘compromise’ drops public option


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