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Senate finance chairman sees progress on US healthcare reform

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b2134 (Published 26 May 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2134
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington, DC

    Healthcare reform is “on track,” the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee told reporters at a briefing on 21 May. Max Baucus, a Democrat senator for Montana, said he anticipates introducing and finalising language in the legislation in mid-June and passing the bill this summer.

    He said his colleagues are troubled by the continuing rise in health spending, now about 17% of the national economy and projected to surpass 20% within a decade. The senators see the legislation as their “opportunity to get it right.”

    Senator Baucus asserted: “Everything is on the table, all proposals, and they …

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