Dems Introduce 852 Page Health Care Bill
The Democrats have introduced an 852 page health care bill. First off, we'd get a Health Czar and another federal agency:
Under the House bill, health insurance would be regulated by a powerful new federal agency, headed by a presidential appointee known as the health choices commissioner.
And we'd get a public health plan, that will be opposed by insurance companies, Republicans, business owners and doctors. Why doctors?
The plan would initially use Medicare fee schedules, paying most doctors and hospitals at Medicare rates, plus about 5 percent. After three years, the health secretary could negotiate with doctors and hospitals....The bill would limit what doctors could charge patients in the public insurance plan, just as Medicare limits what doctors can charge beneficiaries.
It will require everyone to have a qualifying insurance plan and violators have to pay penalties. [More...]
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