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October 29th, 2009
07:40 AM ET

New version of health care bill due out

From Deirdre Walsh, CNN Congressional Producer

Washington (CNN) - House Democratic leaders will unveil on Thursday a health care bill that includes a more moderate version of the public option, several Democratic leadership aides tell CNN.

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been pushing for a more robust public health care option."]

This version would allow doctors to negotiate reimbursement rates with the federal government, the aides said Wednesday.

The proposal would be a blow to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has argued for a more "robust" public option, one that ties reimbursement rates for providers and hospitals to Medicare rates plus a 5 percent increase.

But Pelosi and other Democratic leaders, after a week of canvassing rank and file Democrats, appear to be bowing to the reality that her preferred approach does not have enough votes. Instead, the more moderate version, favored by rural and moderate members, appears to have the most support among House Democrats.

One Democratic aide told CNN that "the votes aren't there for robust public option, so that means we're looking at the other form of the public option."

House Democratic leaders met Wednesday afternoon to make final decisions. Read more

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  1. ronvan

    So yesterday, I see people, mostly republicans, showing off the huge pile of papers, what was it, just under 2000 pages, of the health bill.
    SO WHAT? My only concern is that if it took 10K pages that it contains material on health! NO hidden pork, NO other subjects, just HEALTH!
    The simple fact is that it really doesn't matter how many pages, 1 or 10K! This has been, and continues to be, nothing more than politics and MONEY! NO ONE wanted to tackle this issue except for President Obama! Only after he pushed it and got the ball rolling did EVERYONE start fighting against it and coming up with their OWN plan. Everyone continues to say that our current health system is screwed up, so why didn't they do something before now? The insurance, drug compaines, etc. are spending millions to try and stop this from happening, WHY? Because it will bring them to task and stop them from making $$$! Again this is not about WE the people, it is about those that are making the $$$ over our ills.

    October 31, 2009 at 10:14 am |
  2. Bob Y

    Questions about the 1900 page bill:
    1 – Who actually wrote that much stuff? Name please
    2 – Who actually has read the whole thing? Name lease

    Note: "Staff" is not an acceptable answer.

    October 30, 2009 at 9:21 am |