Don’t Miss Dems face hang-ups within their own party Savings in spending on federal Medicare and Medicaid programs, as well as decreasing tax deductions for high-income Americans, would help cover increased costs of health care reform, Obama said. He noted that some facilities and places, including Green Bay, offer better medical care at a lower price than others. Related: Wisconsin no stranger to health care reform “We have to ask why places like the Geisinger Health System in rural Pennsylvania, Intermountain Health in Salt Lake City, or communities like Green Bay can offer high-quality care at costs well below average, but other places in America can’t,” Obama said. He tried to sell the crowd on his “common-sense” approach to health care reform, saying that the quality of care won’t diminish for any Americans. Congress is expected to take up at least three health care proposals in coming months, as the Democratic majorities in both chambers push one of Obama’s top domestic priorities. A hearing Thursday on the first bill proposed so far — a comprehensive version from the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee — received wide-ranging reaction from an array of experts linked to health care issues Representatives of the insurance industry, labor unions, large and small businesses, the medical industry and other parties argued the merits of proposals in the bill to require employers to provide health care benefits, mandate individual health care coverage and create a government-funded option to compete with private plans.
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