White House supports national exchanges
The White House wants to include a national health-insurance exchange in the health bill, which would give House Democrats one of their top remaining demands, according to an official involved in the discussions. At issue is who would run the new insurance exchanges that would allow consumers to comparison-shop for health coverage. The House's version of the health overhaul calls for the federal government to run a single, national exchange, while the Senate's version would let states run their own exchanges.
This is very good news. And that's not all! In other good news, "the White House also is working to increase the amount of the proposed subsidies that would help offset the cost of buying insurance for lower earners. The administration wants to bring them closer to the House levels." More on national exchanges, subsidies and what the White House should take from the House and Senate bills here. Photo credit: By Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post
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