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By Consumers Union on Friday, July 17th, 2009

The House Ways and Means Committee today voted on the tri-committee bill and the bill was approved in a 23-to-18 vote. Three democrats–Ron Kind of Wisconsin, Earl Pomeroy of North Dakota and John Tanner of Tennessee–voted against it, citing concerns with the public plan included in the bill.

Ezra Klein
reports on Sen. Ron Wyden’s Free Choice Act, saying that, “It is best understood as a reform of the health-care-reform bill.”

In Massachusetts, the state often cited as a model for universal healthcare, a state commission recommended that the state overhaul the way doctors and hospitals are paid. The commission “wants private insurers and the state and federal Medicaid program to pay providers a set payment for each patient that covers all that person’s care for an entire year”. This would require healthcare providers to work to manage costs within a set budget.

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