According to an article written by Robert Pear of the New York Times, broad consensus among the Democrats on the redeployment of our country’s health care system is not far off.
Democratic leaders in both houses said they would indeed make health insurance mandatory, requiring individuals to carry health insurance coverage and employers to help pay for it. The question is, how will they raise the necessary tax revenue to support it? On way that has been discussed is taxing employer health benefits.
In addition to making health insurance compulsary, the bill outlines yesterday would allow people to enroll in a governement run health plan similar to Medicare. There are other suggestion being floated by Senate Democrats that would limit the scope of Government involvement, but would still create a plan to compete with private health insurance companies via a “Co-op”.