Senate Making Progress On Health Care Reform Legislation

The Senate is hours away from a key procedural test on health care reform legislation. We have a better idea Tuesday of what the Senate version of the Health Care Bill would mean for North Carolinians.

The bill would extend health care to nearly half a million more North Carolinians, force individuals to purchase health insurance and offer subsidies for households earning up to $88,000 a year for a family of four, according to analysis from the News and Observer. Senator Kay Hagan voted with Democratic colleagues to move the measure forward, while Republican Senator Richard Burr voted against it Monday. Hagan called the bill imperfect, but pro-patient, pro-consumer, and pro-senior, the paper reported.

Burr warned that the bill could cost North Carolina $800 million a year when guaranteed federal funding expires in 5 years. Burr also criticized deals made by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to bring Democratic holdouts on board.

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