Health Care Reform
POSTED: Wednesday, September 16, 2009 - 4:42pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 3:24pm
Key health care reform bill introduced today...
After months of wrangling, we finally get a clear view of how health care reform could actually look.
The democrat's point man in the senate on health care, Max Baucus of Montana, revealed his plan Wednesday.
In the 850 billion dollar democratic bill everyone must buy insurance, with fines for violators and subsidies for people with lower incomes.
There'd be no income tax hikes.
Instead, drug, insurance companies and employers who don't cover workers would be forced to reimburse the government for coverage.
There'd be no exclusion for pre-existing conditions, no lifetime benefit limits and no one can be dropped from coverage.
There's be no public option, but more people covered under Medicaid, and non-profit private co-ops to help people get coverage.
But the GOP leader slammed the new plan.
“While getting rid of the government plan would be a good start, the democratic plans we've seen would still grant the government far far too much control over the health care system said, Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell.
The 3 republicans who negotiated with Baucus and with democrat Kent Conrad haven’t bought in, so far.
“They didn’t want public option. It's not in this package. They didn't want employer mandates, none in this package,” said Conrad of North Dakota.
“At the end of the day, we're gonna get significant bipartisan support and we're gonna pass this,” said Baucus.