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.