Healthcare Debate Expected To Heat Up Again This Week

10.19.09 | FL News Team

Expect more heat in the debate over healthcare reform this week. Behind closed doors, Senate Democratic leaders will continue efforts to meld two very different health insurance reform bills that have cleared Senate committees. One offers a government-run public option while the other substitutes non-profit healthcare co-ops. On the other side of the Capitol, Speaker Nancy Pelosi insists House Democrats will not back away from a public option. Democratic leaders hope to have a health insurance bill approved by year's end.

Republicans and some moderate-to-conservative Democrats oppose a public option. Republicans say it would lead to government-control of the U.S. health care system, a claim supporters call ridiculous. Supporters say a public option is necessary to boost competition and keep big health insurance companies honest. Overall, Republicans contend Democratic healthcare reform proposals will lead to higher premiums, higher taxes and lower quality. Democrats accuse Republicans of promoting misinformation while offering no better ideas