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October 13th, 2009
09:35 AM ET

Major hurdle for health care reform

In just a matter of hours, the Senate Finance Committee will vote on an $829 billion health care reform plan.

There's no government-run insurance option in this one, but supporters say it would extend coverage to 94 percent of Americans, and prevent insurance companies from discriminating against people with pre-existing conditions.

The other big promise – this plan wouldn't add a dime to the federal deficit.

Finance Committee Chairman Senator Max Baucus says he has the votes to pass it, but this morning there's a new snag: an eleventh hour attack by the insurance industry, which claims this plan could saddle American families with huge, new expenses. CNN's Jim Acosta reports.

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  1. Renee in America

    Has anyone seen the movie "Sicko"? If not, it should be watched with an open mind. A lot of points are made, one being the insurance companies making billions off John Q. Public, and when they face losing their weekly paycheck, they will do a lot to convince the public the negative implications of the reform. If I were in their shoes, I would do the same thing to keep my money flowing in!

    No one is forcing anyone to buy healthcare!!! Where do you get this idea?!? They are merely extending this option for the millions of us who don't have healthcare and could use the help. Too many of us are being rejected by insurance companies because of pre-existing conditions...that's not fair–and you want to stand up for these bullies???

    October 14, 2009 at 3:51 pm |
  2. Robert

    This program is still a boom for insurance companies. There's evil in the hall's of the these companies. I hope they take a better look at these people first.

    October 14, 2009 at 6:56 am |
  3. GERRY

    these people make me sick... how the hell are you going to FORCE someone to buy healthcare... so much for the constitution.. this thing even if it passes will never work... there are going to be so many lawsuits against the government that they will have to change it...

    October 14, 2009 at 6:43 am |
  4. indyfromaz

    So if it covers "everyone" and that's 94% and it's mandatory and the IRS will come after you if you don't have it, what happens to the 6%??

    October 13, 2009 at 10:18 am |