A Public Plan According to Sen. Snowe and HELP

In an interview with the Associated Press, Maine Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) outlined her support for a public plan with a trigger option as a possible compromise to the stalemate over inclusion of a public plan in comprehensive health care reform. The trigger option would mean a government-run insurance company would only come into existence… Read more »

The Debate over Beverage Taxes

In the debate to pay for comprehensive health care legislation, one idea that would only partially pay for reform is the idea to tax beverages. Specifically, some members of Congress have proposed leveraging an excise tax on sugar-sweetened beverages and changing the excise tax on alcoholic beverages to an equal tax on beer and wine… Read more »

Finance Committee Fixes Health Care Bill Costs

Late yesterday Senate Finance Committee Chair Max Baucus (D-MT) announced that the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) had rescored his committee’s health care legislation and the new cost for the bill over ten years was a number that could be offset: $1 trillion. Earlier this week, CBO scored the Finance Committee’s proposal as costing $1.6 trillion… Read more »

HELP Committee Employer Mandate Details

The “employer mandate” issue is one of the most controversial aspects of comprehensive health care reform, and yesterday the Senate Health Education Labor and Pension (HELP) Committee released two proposals that it sent to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) for cost scoring. The proposal (which can be seen here) has two options.  The first would… Read more »

President Begins Major Health Care Push

As the certainty of a comprehensive health care bill is being questioned by Congress and the media (subscription), the Obama Administration has become increasingly active in pushing Congress to pass legislation this year. Today, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, urging Congress to send President… Read more »