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US Senate makes “critical progress” towards endorsing health reform bill

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b5462 (Published 15 December 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b5462
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

    The US Senate moved closer to a health reform bill with a compromise on 9 December that eliminated the proposed “public option” of a government run health insurance scheme. The compromise was developed by the Democratic leader, Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, and 10 centre and left leaning Democratic senators.

    Senator Reid did not reveal all the details of the proposed compromise, which awaits review of its budgetary implications by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office. The office’s review may come within days.

    The proposed compromise came after Barack Obama held a closed meeting with Senate Democrats on Sunday 6 December. He later praised the compromise, saying …

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