Baucus, Senate Finance release health care reform bill without public option
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) today introduced the Americarsquo;s Healthy Future Act, landmark health care reform legislation to lower costs and provide quality, affordable health care coverage. The Chairmanrsquo;s Mark will make it easier for families and small businesses to buy health care coverage, ensure Americans can choose to keep the health care coverage they have if they like it and slow the growth of health care costs over time. It will bar insurance companies from discriminating against people based on health status, denying coverage because of pre#8208; existing conditions, or imposing annual caps or lifetime limits on coverage. The bill would improve the way the health care system delivers care by improving efficiency, quality, and coordination. The $856 billion dollar package will not add to the federal deficit. The Finance Committee will meet to begin voting on the Chairmanrsquo;s Mark next week.