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Insurers’ role key to health system overhaul, CBO says

Washington Post, May 29, 2009

President Barack Obama's plan to overhaul the nation's healthcare system could dodge one of the bullets that felled Clinton-era reforms by maintaining an active and independent role for private insurance companies, congressional budget analysts said yesterday. In a report, the Congressional Budget Office said a government mandate requiring people to buy health insurance would not necessarily be considered a new form of federal taxation so long as people had a variety of private plans from which to choose and a government entity was not in charge of collecting their insurance premiums.