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Democrats maintain that health care reform plan could cut costs

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The health care reform bill that cleared a key U.S. Senate committee would emphasize preventive care, Los Angeles Congressman Xavier Becerra told KPCC’s Larry Mantle.

Xavier Becerra: "We are not giving doctors or hospitals an incentive to have you do a lot in his or her office that doesn’t do anything to increase your care. So, do you need to have five tests to find out if you are sick or could we really do it with one?

"If you need five, then you will get reimbursed for the five but if you really only need one, and an evidence based system of care will give us that information, then we will be able to cut costs."

The majority Democrats on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee approved the bill. Republicans opposed it. They contend that the $1 trillion cost of the measure over the next decade would deepen the country’s economic crisis.