Posted on 08 Jul 2009
Attempts to draft bipartisan health care legislation in the Senate have suffered a significant setback, with Democratic leaders objecting to a proposed tax on high-cost health benefits.
Officials say that, in a private meeting Tuesday, many in the Democratic leadership also expressed support for a stronger provision allowing the government to sell insurance in competition with private companies. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity, saying they were not authorized to discuss private meetings.
Ironically, the discontent surfaced as the White House prepared to announce Wednesday that the nation's hospitals have agreed to give up $155 billion in anticipated Medicare and Medicaid payments over a decade.