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Lawmakers discuss new federal health care proposal


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A key U.S. Senate committee today approved a bill that would overhaul the nation’s health care system. The vote broke down along party lines. Republicans opposed it, saying it would cost too much and ration medical care. Democrats say it will broaden access and affordability.

Los Angeles Congressman Xavier Becerra, a Democrat, says the new plan will focus on reimbursing providers for results, rather than for the services they offer.

Xavier Becerra: "How did the patient do under your care? And how did the patient do under the care of all the physicians and all the providers within that structure of care? So we are going to try to bundle together the services, provide them under what we call a 'medical home' so that providers, whether doctor or hospital, are responsible for making sure that you exit the door in better health then when you came in the door."

Becerra spoke with KPCC’s "AirTalk." The bill moves from the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee to the full Senate for consideration; then the House of Representatives will take it up.