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First of many legislative battles brewing inside the beltway and this one really is the big.
The senate health education and labor committee today will begin writing -- first draft of an actual health care bill.
Those in favor the president's plan had a compelling message make sure nobody in America is without health insurance.
The problem -- figure out how to pay for the plan health care is expensive Peter Barnes is one big fight over health care and spent here.
-- -- brand just one quick clarification they've actually rescheduled the mark up of that senate bill to tomorrow but we do have the first.
Initial estimate for parts of this comprehensive reform plan drafted by Senator Edward Kennedy.
It would give generous government subsidies to people without insurance to help them buy coverage.
The Congressional Budget Office saying the Kennedy plan would spend a trillion dollars over ten years but end up reducing the number of uninsured people in the US by.
Less than a third helping just sixteen million people get health care coverage the problem as the president is counting on a trillion dollars to cover all.
Fifty million or so people now without insurance the CB us -- its estimates are preliminary and informal and will be revised still the report gives critics new ammunition to attack reform plans as too expensive.
White house press secretary Robert Gibbs saying this morning quote.
This is not the administration's bill -- not even the final senate committee bill.
What is clear is what will happen if we left political posturing stand in the way -- of reform again.
Still the Kennedy draft in the CBO analysis laying down a marker in this debate letting taxpayers a policy makers know that this will be long.
Difficult and potentially very expensive senate Democrats by the way scheduled to comment on the CBO report at a press conference at noon today Brian and they get back to -- Alive Peter Barnes in Washington.
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