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New government-run health proposal eyed

Wall Street Journal, December 7, 2009

In a bid for compromise on one of the health bill's most divisive issues, Democrats wrestled with a new proposal on a government health-insurance plan that would give private entities a central role in running the program, the Wall Street Journal reports. In closed-door negotiations Sunday, Democrats on both sides of the issue who were assigned to find a compromise were nearing agreement on an alternative that would empower the government's Office of Personnel Management to run a new national health plan, congressional aides said. Under the proposal, the office would negotiate terms of the plan with private insurers, and contract with nonprofit entities set up by the private sector to run the program.