Five Plans To Reform Health Care And Insurance

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Sebelius talk about five health insurance reform plans
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There are five plans on the table to reform the U.S. health care system and to bring affordable health insurance coverage accessible to all Americans. These are five different plans about how to go reforming health insurance and none of them are final.

President Obama's administration is under criticism for the deadline that it has imposed for a health care bill by the August recess. However, the administration, while urging the opponents to wait until the Congress finishes writing the health insurance reform legislation, also signaled that they themselves are "willing to wait longer" for a final bill, beyond August. Now they have to wait and see if waiting longer may help them to get more support for the proposed health insurance reform.

United States is the only industrialized country that lacks a national public health care for its citizens. An estimated 50 million of the 300 million people in the country lack health insurance coverage. President Obama promised during his election campaign to provide health care to all their compatriots, but the recession - the worst suffered by the country since the Great Depression of the 1930s - and the huge fiscal deficit make it very costly to adopt a new and affordable health care program for all.

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Advisers to the White House and federal officials spent Sunday to defend the proposals for health care of the president. They also stressed that Congress has not produced a final draft of the law to drastically reform the health insurance programs. Instead, they said,the opposition should wait until the final bill is available.

"There are basically five different plans in Congress right now and there are a variety of ways," Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said, trying to calm nervous lawmakers whose re-elections could hinge on the legislation. "More will be done," Secretary Sebelius said. "The House and the Senate are committed to working with the president to get this done."

The government still has hopes that the Congress and the Senate may in fact pass separate health care bills, leaving the reconciliation of differences on how to provide all Americans health insurance coverage after August in the following weeks. However, again, the administration seems slid away from a once-firm do-it-this-summer demand about health care reform.

By Armen Hareyan
Source: AP

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