House of Reps. on hold as Senators close in on bipartisan health deal

July 28, 2009

(ChattahBox) —  After weeks of behind the scenes talks, a bipartisan group in the Senate Finance Committee has edged closer to a health care compromise, which omits two key Democratic priorities but incorporates provisions to slow the tremendous rise in annual medical costs.  The deal was likely to “exclude a requirement many congressional Democrats seek for large businesses to offer mandatory coverage to their workers” and a “provision for a government insurance option.” They had however moved ahead on how to pay for the health plan including a proposal to impose a new excise tax on health insurance companies that sell policies significantly above the national average.  They also have fleshed out alternatives to requiring employers to provide health insurance, which has been a sticking point with many Republicans and business owners. The senators instead want to create incentives for employers to continue providing health benefits. The Wall Street Journal says that “individuals familiar with the negotiations suggested” Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus “would like to unveil a deal later this week. But unclear Monday was whether” ranking Republican Sen. Charles Grassley “would sign onto the deal and pave the way for committee action next week.”  In the meantime House speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested that any House vote on a health plan would be delayed until more was known of the Senate approach.

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  1. Democrats On Key House Panel Reach Deal With Blue Dogs On Health Bill | ChattahBox News Blog on July 29th, 2009 2:07 pm

    […] Mike Ross, D-Ark., who has led health-care negotiations on behalf of the Blue Dog Coalition said that the overall cost of the bill had been reduced by $100 billion, and that a requirement in the bill that employers offer insurance coverage would exempt small businesses with payrolls of $500,000 or less. The pivotal Senate Finance Committee is also nearing a positive conclusion of its bipartisan talks. […]

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