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New Bipartisan Group to Tackle Health-Care Reform

By Shailagh Murray
Seven senators have formed a bipartisan group to find consensus on health-care reform legislation, a sign of fresh momentum after a week of setbacks.

The group, dubbed by its members as the "Coalition of the Willing," includes Finance Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and the ranking Republican on the panel, Sen. Charles Grassley (Iowa). Others who attended the first meeting this afternoon in the Capitol included Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.), Senate Budget Chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), and GOP Sens. Orrin Hatch (Utah), Olympia Snowe (Maine), and Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), the ranking minority member of the Senate health committee.

The finance panel aims to produce a bill with a total price tag of under $1 trillion over 10 years. Baucus said the legislation could be unveiled next week, although the committee is not expected to begin formal debate until after the July 4 recess. Baucus had aimed to start deliberations on Tuesday. But he announced yesterday that lawmakers needed additional time to digest a complex menu of provisions.

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Whomever this "coalition of the willing" represents, if mandating and taxing the American people is their plan then they do not serve the American people.

Every American want healthcare that is fair and equitable. But is it fair or equitable to ask the American people to pay more taxes to government and then pay insurance premiums to private industry to cover the same thing. Then ask the provider to accept less, which in turn go back to the American people to pay the difference.

This is not reform, it is the same current system, now we are just including the uninsured. If the uninsured is the blame for increasing the debt by one trillion dollars, then please allow the uninsured to decide on an alternative. See the 47 Million Reasons Alternative at for the uninsured. Learn how the community can offer a solution.

Posted by: 47MillionReasons | June 19, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Why not start with asking for refunds the taxpayers have with large skilled nursing giants like Sun Healthcare Group Inc.?
Potentially inappropriate nursing home payments spur increased Medicare Part A, Part D oversight
June 08, 2009
Tens of millions of dollars were likely inappropriately paid to skilled nursing facilities through the Medicare Part D prescription drug program in 2006, according to a recently released report from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General.

Posted by: DeborahCalvert | June 19, 2009 9:50 PM | Report abuse

i want no govt interference with the wellbeing of my familys healthcare.\
these thugs cannot even run a mail system without spending it into oblivion.
if ted kennedy had the healthcare he wants the rest of us to get,he would be taking a dirt nap. not a bad idea in his case,but any politician who votes for govt run healthcare should be not just voted out of office,but ridden out of town on a rail,naked,tarred and feathered.

Posted by: silusdogood | June 20, 2009 10:14 PM | Report abuse

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