Dems agree to drop gov't-run insurance option

(AP) - Democratic senators say they have a tentativedeal to drop a government-run insurance option from health carelegislation.

No further details were immediately available.

But liberals and moderates have been discussing an alternative,including a private insurance arrangement to be supervised by thefederal agency that oversees the system through which lawmakerspurchase coverage. Additionally, talks centered on opening upMedicare to uninsured Americans beginning at age 55, a significantexpansion of the large government health care program thatcurrently serves the over-65 population.

Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa told reporters he didn't like theagreement but would support it to the hilt in an attempt to passhealth care legislation.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."