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Obama skeptical of Stupak amendment

Barack Obama is hinting that he wants to see the Stupak amendment revised. “There needs to be some more work before we get to the point where we’re not changing the status quo," he said to ABC News. Congress needs to be sure that it's “not restricting women’s insurance choices.”

By Ezra Klein  |  November 10, 2009; 11:42 AM ET
 
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Does the House bill prohibit gender rating in the exchanges? After all, preserving a system in which women pay 40%-50% for coverage equivalent to men is much more restrictive than this particular rider.

Posted by: Athena_news | November 10, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Athena--House bill prohibits rating on anything other than age (2:1 ratio), geographic location, and family enrollment (page 96). The abortion issue is first and foremost a civil rights issue, and as such should be non-negotiable for progressives.

I'm late to this, but Tyler Cowen summarizes many of the criticisms of the current health reform very well: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/25/health/policy/25view.html

Posted by: bmull | November 10, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

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