November 23, 2009
has taken another halting but key step forward. Senate democrats narrowly won a vote Saturday night to open debate
on their version of the sweeping reform bill.
their differences and trying to pass their final version of the bill. KOHO’s Isaac Kaplan-Woolner spoke
Friday with Washington Senator Patty Murray about the 2,074 page health care bill:
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joined us by phone Friday morning from Washington DC.
amendments are expected to take weeks and deliberations aren’t slated to begin until after Thanksgiving.
with the House proposal into a consensus vesion, which requires approval from both chambers before heading to
President Obama’s desk to be signed into law.
uninsured individuals to buy health insurance, with penalties for non-compliance. Unlike the House version, the
Senate bill does not mandate that all employers offer health care.
including creating health insurance exchanges, increasing Medicaid, subsidizing insurance for low- and some
middle-income families, capping out-of-pocket medical expenses, and preventing insurance companies from denying
coverage for pre-existing conditions.