WASHINGTON (AP) - Some House Democrats are ready to move forward on a massive, $1.5 trillion plan to overhaul the U.S. health-care system.
The first House votes are planned in today in two key committees: Education and Labor, and Ways and Means. They'll decide on the Democrats' measure unveiled earlier this week. It would provide health-care coverage to nearly all Americans by subsidizing the poor and penalizing individuals and employers who don't purchase health insurance.
The House Energy and Commerce committee will also consider the measure today, but the path may rougher. The panel includes many fiscally conservative lawmakers, who might oppose the overhaul bill over costs and other issues.