Franken, Klobuchar set to approve health care legislationby Phil Picardi, Minnesota Public Radio,
Cathy Wurzer, Minnesota Public Radio
St. Paul, Minn. — Senate Democrats, including Sens. Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar, say they will pass legislation overhauling the nation's health care system Thursday morning.
The bill includes a requirement that nearly all Americans buy health insurance, and it allows uninsured or self-employed people to buy private insurance through a regulated exchange.
Franken said it will extend coverage to more than 30 million people and will provide incentives for states to provide a higher quality of care.
"What we do in the Minnesota really well--and we get punished for it--is deliver high quality care at low cost," Franken said. "And one of the things that Amy and I have been very focused on and getting in the bill is a value index, which will change the formula for Medicare reimbursements."
The bill also prevents insurance companies from denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions. The bill does not include a government-run insurance option.
Phil Picardi is a newscaster for MPR News, and occasionally fills in as Morning Edition host when Cathy Wurzer is away.