Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Blunt Calls Public Healthcare Option "Insurmountable" Obstacle

Congressman Roy Blunt said he's made clear to House Democratic leaders that pushing for a public option in healthcare is a non-starter for his Republican colleagues.

"That is a problem that is virtually insurmountable because we just don't think that it leads to real competition," Blunt said Monday, as reported by CNN.

Blunt also calls President Obama's August 1st deadline for passing a bill in the House "artificial."

The public insurance program would compete with rates paid to doctors and hospitals at a level higher than those charged by Medicare, according to Democratic leaders. It would also include new restrictions on insurers, including out-of-pocket healthcare expenses in policies and bar insurers from excluding people based on pre-existing conditions, according to several news accounts.

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