WASHINGTON (AP) - Democrats are signaling that they'll scale
back President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, in hopes of
getting at least part of it approved.
A special Senate election in Massachusetts yesterday left the
Democrats without their filibuster-proof majority. Republican Scott
Brown captured the seat that was held for decades by Ted Kennedy, a champion of health care reform.
The election forced Democrats to reconsider all options. And the
one that is emerging is the creation of a simpler, less ambitious
Lawmakers say no decisions have been made. But they've laid out an approach that could still include limits on the ability of
insurance companies to deny coverage to people with medical
problems. There could also still be a provision allowing young
adults to stay on their parents' policies. And there's still talk
of helping small businesses and low-income people pay premiums, and changing Medicare to encourage payment for quality care instead of sheer volume of services.
Obama, in an ABC interview today, called on Democrats to scale
the proposal down to the elements "that people agree on."
Another option, under which the House would try to quickly pass
the Senate version of the broader bill, has been losing favor.