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The Voinovich-Bingaman Bill: Letting the States Take the Lead in Extending Health Insurance

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Publication Date: June 2006

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Stuart M. Butler

Topic: Health (Health services for the uninsured)

Keywords: Health care; health week

Type: Brief

Abstract:

Last month's "Health Week" in the U.S. Senate, just like the national "Cover the Uninsured Week" also held in May, failed to result in any Senate legislation to deal with the problems of uninsured Americans. And in all probability, if any legislation is passed by the House next week during its "Health Week," that legislation will be pushed through on a party-line vote and will fail to be enacted by the Senate. With the political gridlock on health care, neither side has the votes in Washington to enact significant reform.