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Health care on the Hill

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

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Members of Congress are pushing for changes to the health care system through various efforts. Ten senators, including Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Trent Lott, R-Mo., sent a letter to President Bush Feb. 13 urging him to "fix the American health care system" by considering legislation that would ensure all Americans have affordable health care coverage and bills that would create a "culture of wellness" through prevention strategies. Wyden recently introduced the "Healthy Americans Act" (S 334), which would provide affordable, guaranteed private health coverage for every American "regardless of where they work or live." The bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Finance Jan. 18. Separately, Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., and Sen. George V. Voinovich, R-Ohio, introduced the "Health Partnership Act" (S 325) Jan. 17, which seeks to improve the quality and efficiency in the health care system as well as expand coverage and access at the state level...

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