July 3rd, 2009
01:30 PM ET
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Health care: Will 'pay or play' chase employers away?

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - It is one of the touchiest issues in the health care debate: Would a government-run health plan upend the employer-based health insurance system used by 160 million Americans?

Senate Democrats behind a key proposal released Thursday say the answer is no.

Sens. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., and Chris Dodd, D-Conn., say their plan would preserve employer-sponsored insurance coverage and create an affordable public option for those who need it.

"The ... bill virtually eliminates the dropping of currently covered employees from employer-sponsored health plans," Kennedy and Dodd said in a letter to members of the Health Committee, one of two Senate groups working on health reform.

The bill includes a "pay or play" provision that would require employers to provide adequate coverage for their workers or subsidize a system that will.

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  1. John McCathrin

    Some of the comments I have read make about as much sense as hair on a bowling ball.
    One day you too will be retired living on a fixed income, what about your
    health care than ????
    or do you expect the GOVERNMENT to take care of you all your life ???
    Good ole Socialism strikes again.
    The Government has already nationalized the banking industry, which
    obviously is of little concern and now we have National Health Care
    which has been proven by other Nation's NOT TO WORK.
    I hope that all you supporters of this health care issue don't need the services of a physician in the near future. Good luck making an appointment.

    July 3, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  2. MCD, San Francisco, CA

    The politicos need to understand... polls show the MAJORITY of the American People WANT some kind of gov-run health care plan. Stop listening to lobbyists and do your job!!!!!

    July 3, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  3. We

    People's Voice-!??
    "If a public option is such a bad idea, then why are their lobbyists spending so much money trying to stop it"

    Because it steals your right to choose & decide for Your Self! Because it steals your right to Privacy! It Steals Your Right To Live Your Own Life-It Steals Your Liberty,It Steals From You Your Absolute Freedom-It steals it all-Absolutely!

    The government wants your money,The government wants to dictate and control you and your life.The government wants you to be slave to the Government!!

    Our troops are not out there fighting for liberty and freedom for others so Obama can reduce us to third world status and the dictatorship rule of those they fight & die for.If we allow this Usurper to destroy our country were will we go for freedom? Freedom is Life-Living,we cannot allow it to be stolen from us by this Arab stranger who only has a gift of speech. Speech-words..and in His case empty words.Wake up my friend,wake up...

    "People's Voice"? No no,you do not speak for the people of freedom. Not yet.Wake up-stand up for your freedom.We need you too...

    July 3, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  4. annie s

    I fully support a public health option for two reasons. First, it would help create a competitive environment in which the for-profit insurers would have to reduce costs, and second, because it would ensure that those people who currently can not find a for profit insurer, whether due to high costs, age, pre existing conditions or self employed status, would finally have access to affordable health care.

    July 3, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  5. Allen in Hartwell GA

    I can only speak for myself, but I'd much rather have a government run health care plan that would never be canceled than have an employer-paid plan that depended on me keeping that job. The extra taxes would be worth the piece of mind.

    July 3, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  6. dreamer

    all things evolves,Insureance companys will do the same.all they really need to do is change the type of insurance and pay only for the xtra pert insurance coverage.

    July 3, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  7. phoenix86

    Kennedy and Dodd, two corrupt and incopetent politicians. I work in the private sector (Obama hasn't torched my company yet) and I know that my company has already planned to jettison the employer paid insurance as soon as the "government option" appears.

    This is simple economics. Something beyone Kennedy, Dodd, Obama, Pelosi, Reid, etc.

    Get ready Americans still working, your company health care benefit is GONE when ObamaCare-less becomes reality.

    July 3, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  8. kishen c.rao

    stop being Greedy....I don't care, we americans need "government run health care". period. we do not care what chase does...pres. obama, please fix this health care mess from these greedy idiots....save the nation...god bless you....

    July 3, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  9. mike

    No wonder the republicans will keep on losing.

    July 4, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
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