Unpacking the Health Care Debate

Senate Finance committee poised to release plan

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

After over three months of bipartisan negotiations the U.S. Senate's Finance Committee is expected to unveil their much-anticipated plan for reforming the nations's health care system. The Finance committee has been working on the $880 billion proposal for months, but does not appear to have garnered any Republican backing despite the best efforts of the committee chair, Senator Max Baucus (D-Montana). Our own Todd Zwillich, long a denizen of Capitol Hill, and Time Magazine's Washington correspondent Jay Newton-Small talk us through the behind-the-scenes wrangling taking place in the halls of Congress.

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