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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Senator Kennedy Seen as "Key" To Health Reform Bill

According to the Wall Street Journal, President Obama's health reform legislation could take a very different form depending on the health of ailing Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA):

If the liberal Mr. Kennedy takes a lesser role, that could make it easier for the more-conservative Mr. Baucus to push the health-care legislation in a centrist direction. Mr. Kennedy, for example, is a major proponent of including a publicly run health-insurance option as part of a plan to give all Americans coverage, while Mr. Baucus is weighing other proposals that wouldn't include such an option right away.

Mr. Kennedy's committee late last week began circulating the first draft of its proposal for sweeping changes, starting the maneuvering in earnest. The committee is scheduled to hold a "markup" -- public sessions to make final the bill's details -- in mid-June.

Following that, Mr. Kennedy's committee will engage in intensive negotiations with Mr. Baucus, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. Then the Democrats must guide the bill to passage on the Senate floor.


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Health reform is a big deal in California. I think there was an article on too, but I could be wrong. Anyway, thanks for an informative expose on health reform.

Posted by: Political News - Ryan | Jun 10, 2009 2:02:29 PM

Nowadays new health reforms are introduced for betterment of the public, but don`t you think its time to change the system and govt should bot be involved in health care at all?

Posted by: John Kaphal | Jul 9, 2009 11:13:22 PM

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