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Merkley Worried About Medicare Expansion for Oregon

The Lund Report
Sen. Jeff Merkley tells the HuffingtonPost he's concerned about the Senate compromise

Originally at HuffingtonPost.com
December 10, 2009 -- Democrats in the Senate may not have a filibuster-proof majority for the latest health care compromise after all.

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), expressed deep concern on Thursday that a new proposal to expand Medicare to those as young as 55 would seriously exacerbate health care-related problems already existing in his state.

Senators Consider Public Option With Triggers

Sens. Edward Kennedy and Max Baucus
The option for a public health plan like Medicare has senators divided, forging compromise that would diminish plan
Originally at HuffingtonPost.com
June 2, 2009 -- The Obama administration and Senate Democrats are debating a health care reform outline that will insist upon a public option for insurance but leave open the possibility for it to be kicked in via triggers.
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