A new report by Medicare's chief actuary says that the Senate health care overhaul bill would increase health spending through the next decade by 0.7 percent rather than curbing growth and might make it tough for some Medicare-dependent hospitals to stay in business.
Democratic leaders in both chambers were briefing their rank and file on a Senate proposal to replace a so-called public option in the health care overhaul with an alternative that includes expanding Medicare eligibility.
Democratic senators and staff members reassembled to take another crack at reaching an agreement on language pertaining the "public option," the controversial provision in the Senate health care overhaul bill (HR 3590) complicating efforts by Democrats to attract the 60 votes they need to pass the proposal.
The White House announced grants of $509 million for construction and renovation projects at 85 community health centers around the country. Allocated under the economic stimulus law, the awards will create jobs and help provide care "for more than half a million additional patients in underserved communities," a White House news release said.