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Congressional health reforms still ‘fluid’

The Idaho Legislature's health care task force has interrupted its panel discussion on whether Idaho should opt out of federal health care reform for a conference call with the National Conference of State Legislatures on the status of federal reform legislation. "There is still a lot of negotiation going on, a lot of posturing," Joy Wilson of NCSL told the Idaho lawmakers. "So there are no done deals yet with health care reform." She said the House has a Democratic bill and a Republican alternative, but "on the Senate side, things are a lot more fluid." As for the prospect of any opt-out provisions for states, "To date I have not found anyone that knew what anyone would be opting out of or how we would go about it," Wilson said. "The Senate language may not be available until the 16th." That may mean the congressional debate runs past the holidays into January, she said.




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