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    Reid Says Senate Bill Will Include Public Option With State Opt-Out

    The CBS Evening News (10/26, story 2, 2:15, Cordes) reported, "For months, the public option was declared dead in the Senate," but on Monday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) "announced that the contentious government plan would be the cornerstone of the new Senate healthcare reform bill." Sen. Reid said, "The public option can achieve the goal of bringing meaningful reform to our broken system." NBC Nightly News (10/26, story 5, 1:15, O'Donnell) reported, "Leaders of both parties had predicted that a public option was dead. But tonight it is back, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is taking a risk." But "for more liberal Democrats, this kind of public option or any kind of public option is considered a victory."

     

    Source: NAHU Newswire

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    CMS Ends "Gag Order" On Reform's Impact On Medicare Advantage

    The Hill (10/19, Romm) reports that Republicans are celebrating the end of a CMS policy "banning Medicare providers from disseminating information to subscribers about possible cuts" to Medicare Advantage plans from healthcare reform as "a party victory" and a "total policy shift." However, the Obama Administration "insisted that its original order, issued at the end of September, was merely a legal guidance for Medicare insurers -- not a 'gag order' on plan changes, as Republicans first charged." CMS issued the order "after Humana, a leading Medicare Advantage provider, mailed its beneficiaries to inform them how the Senate Finance Committee healthcare proposal could affect their plans."

     

    Source: NAHU Newswire

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    Senate Finance Bill - $829 Billion Price Tag

    The estimate, issued by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT), says that the measure would cost the federal government $829 billion over a 10-year period, and that it would reduce the federal deficit by $81 billion over that same time period. Unlike H.R. 3200, which would substantially raise the federal deficit beyond the 10-year budget projections, the CBO and JCT estimate that the Finance measure would continue to reduce the federal deficit beyond the 10-year budget window. However, this assessment is based on the assumption that the provisions of the measure remain unchanged over time, which the CBO acknowledges is unlikely with legislation of this magnitude. 

    Source: NAHU Government Affairs

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