A Senate panel on Wednesday became the first congressional committee this year to approve major health-care legislation, marking a milestone in Democrats’ efforts to overhaul the health sector.
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee bill would create a controversial government-run health insurance plan and require employers to provide health coverage for workers or face stiff financial penalties. The bill has gotten heavy criticism from business groups and Republicans, who say it would come at too high a cost to taxpayers and the private sector. (Don’t you love how the conservative press covers this. How about mentioning the millions who will have health care coverage that are now not able to do so, and the curtailing of run-a-way prices that impact all. How about the moral element that we are looking out for our fellow man. Or is that compassionate issue one the conservatives have jettisoned once and for all?)
The bill was approved along party lines in a 13-10 vote.