Raising Women’s Voices

Senate Finance Committee re-thinks finances

Posted in DC Reform, Health Reform Policy Proposals by raisingwomensvoices on June 22, 2009

The Senate Finance Committee is considering going back and revising their health care reform bill proposal this week. They were expected to go to mark-up this week, but with the Congressional Budget Office financial estimate of $1.6 trillion, Chuck Grassley (R – Iowa, top Republican on the committee) has stated that the committee might take a few steps back to revise more. Grassley has stated that this possible revision would cut down the costs and garner more bipartisan support.

The Senate Finance Committee proposed bill is expected to have more support than the Senate HELP committee bill that has been in mark-up for the past few days. There is debate mainly focused around financing the bill and the public option, it is getting closer to the Obama-encouraged deadline of the August recess, and senators seem to be getting more and more frustrated. But as Chris Dodd (D-CT, acting chair of Senate HELP) says, “If this were easy, it would have been done decades ago”. Read the full article from the New York Times here.

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