AirTalk for July 15, 2009

House health plan boosts taxes on rich

House Democrats have unveiled sweeping legislation to overhaul the nation's health care system. The proposal would require health insurance companies to sell policies to individuals regardless of any pre-existing conditions. The plan would also require employers to provide health insurance and it would require individuals to purchase it. A new, government-run health insurance program would be created to compete with private coverage. Financing would come from a federal surtax of up to 5.4 percent on taxpayers making more than $1 million a year. Not all House members support the plan, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi expressed confidence that the bill would be passed before the August recess. Larry Mantle and guests look at the proposals and what services they would provide.

Xavier Becerra, Democratic Congressman from the 31st District

John Campbell, Republican Congressman from the 48th district

Theodore Marmor, Professor Emeritus of Public Management and Political Science at Yale University. His most recent book is "Fads, Fallacies and Foolishness in Medical Care Management and Policy"


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