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Liberal senators press for expansion of Medicare

New York Times, December 8, 2009

In return for concessions on their proposal for a new government-run health insurance plan, liberal Democratic senators pushed for expansion of Medicare and Medicaid and more stringent federal regulation of the insurance industry. Liberal and centrist Democrats are trying to work out a deal on the proposal for a public option. Under a possible compromise, the federal Office of Personnel Management would negotiate with insurance companies to offer national health plans to individuals, families, and small businesses, the New York Times reports.