Senate health proposal omits Obama's call for public insurance

06/19/2009 | Washington Post, The

A draft proposal on health care reform that was distributed among Senate Finance Committee members omits the public health insurance option sought by President Barack Obama and instead outlines a co-op approach. The proposal also imposes taxes on employees' health benefits, endorses expanded Medicaid coverage and suggests scaling back middle-class beneficiaries eligible for a tax credit formulated to lower insurance costs.

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