SPOTLIGHT: A LUKEWARM RESPONSE
President Obama's recently released proposal for health reform
legislation faced a tepid reception from congressional lawmakers, who
noted that the plan included few definitive details on its cost and
coverage figures. According to White House projections, the proposal
would extend health coverage to 31 million uninsured U.S. residents at a
cost of $950 billion over 10 years. Congressional Democrats generally
were receptive to the proposal because they believed it mirrors their
own proposals in the House and Senate, although ome Democrats were less
supportive of the proposal, particularly because it omits a public
option. Many Democrats noted that they had not thoroughly reviewed the
plan and were waiting for it to be released in legislative language.
Meanwhile, Republicans criticized the proposal and Obama's decision to
release the plan ahead of Thursday's meeting.
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