Posted by: audreybenenati | February 2, 2010

If health care dies, Obama’s modest budget Plan B


The Associated Press
Monday, February 1, 2010; 4:17 PM

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s modest health care budget may be a harbinger of what’s ahead if his overhaul plan dies in Congress.

The budget released Monday contains lots of respectable ideas to squeeze savings, expand coverage and improve quality, but no ambitious change that launches the nation on a path to health care for all.

“It doesn’t change dramatically the cost trajectory or fill the coverage gap,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

…And revenues from a tobacco tax hike that Obama signed into law last year will be pumped into a campaign to prevent teens from taking up the habit.

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