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Senate health care reform bill and tossing out the public option

Health care reform rally Dec. 15th
Health care reform rally Dec. 15th
AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke

Both sides of the argument surrounding health care reform in the Senate continue to debate and disagree.  With the Christmas holiday next week it seems unlikely that a bill will be passed by the Senate unless major concessions are made from various viewpoints.  Although President Obama would like to see that happen - to get the bill passed before the end of the year that is - such a rush to produce law may not be in the best interests of Americans much less the United States as a country. 

Review by the Congressional Budget Office is still pending following recent changes, such as elimination of the public option replaced by non-profit offerings by insurance companies and removal of a Medicare opt-in for people aged 55 to 64. 

Arguments continue as well surrounding language in the bill about abortion. Some Senators believe the wording will not prevent insurance companies that cover abortions from receiving federal funds, a condition clearly blocked in the House health care bill. 

Once the Senate does reach a compromise on a bill, both chambers of Congress must meet and somehow merge the two health care reform bills into one law.  Given the significant differences that will likely exist between the House and Senate bills, the daunting task of compromise into one piece of legislation is going to spark more intense debates and take more time.

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H.R. 3590 at OpenCongress