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Area Reps favor health coverage for all

July 16, 2009

GLENDALE — As proposals for restructuring the nation’s health-care system begin moving through Congress, area representatives expressed hope Wednesday that lawmakers could come to an agreement on a plan that would expand options and coverage for taxpayers, even as cost projections top $1 trillion.

A group of committees in the House of Representatives released a proposal Tuesday that would attempt to create a public health-care plan and subject employers to a “pay or play” requirement for offering insurance coverage.

The plan would also offer federal assistance to help pay for premiums and allow more residents to qualify for the Medicare system, among other major changes.

But the proposal would also cost more than $1 trillion over 10 years, according to a preliminary analysis from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office.


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