WASHINGTON — Democratic senators say they have a tentative deal to drop a government-run insurance option from health care legislation. No further details were immediately available.
But liberals and moderates have been discussing an alternative, including a private insurance arrangement to be supervised by the federal agency that oversees the system through which lawmakers purchase coverage. Additionally, talks centered on opening up Medicare to uninsured Americans beginning at age 55, a significant expansion of the large government health care program that currently serves the over-65 population.
Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa told reporters he didn't like the agreement but would support it to the hilt in an attempt to pass health care legislation.
Abortion funding is still in it though, with only a vote of 54-45 to make greater restrictions. If the Democrats did get rid of abortion in this health care bill, there may be possible bi-partisan support. Although having the government "supervise" private insurance, is not a welcoming though. The House Bill said that the government can ask insurance agencies hand over all contact information in the name of Health Care and they have to do it. Sounds like government take over to me.