Health care reform proposals outlined in the Crossing Out Lines: Working Together to Reform the U.S. Health System Report released by Bipartisian Policy Center advisors and former Senators Howard Baker (R-TN), Tom Daschle (D-IA) and Bob Dole (R-KS) appears to enjoys significant support among many members of Congress as an alternative to the comprehensive health care reform proposals contained in the “Affordable Health Choices Act” (the “Kennedy Bill”) supported by Senator Edward M. Kennedy. As the health care reform rages among members of Congress, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) chaired by Senator Kennedy continues its mark up of the Kennedy Bill.
As the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) prepares for tomorrow’s (June 16, 2009) mark up session of the draft of the “Affordable Health Choices Act” floated by Senator Kennedy last week, Democratic Senator Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) is pushing am alternative proposal to create nonprofit cooperatives to compete with private insurers.
Americans concerned about plans of President Obama and Congressional Democrats to enact comprehensive health care reform this year must speak up now. Seeking to speed the Democratic version for health care reform through Congress this summer, Senator Edward M. Kennedy and other members of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) are holding hearings this week in anticipation of a scheduled June 16 mark up a 625 page proposal to radically reform the U.S. health care system set forth in “Affordable Health Choices Act.