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Idaho lawmakers meet Wednesday on health reform

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11/03/09

BOISE, Idaho (AP) _ Congress might not vote on health care
legislation until 2010, but that hasn't stopped Idaho lawmakers
from debating the issue _ and how the state should respond, if
something actually is passed.

On Wednesday afternoon, the state Legislature's interim health
care task force plans to discuss if Idaho should participate in any
so-called ``public option'' _ the name being given to a proposed
government-run insurance plan to compete with private insurance.

On hand will be representatives of the state's hospitals and
doctors, insurance companies and business.

Steve Millard, who heads up the Idaho Hospital Association, said
it's premature for lawmakers to make a final decision because
nobody knows what a final bill coming from Washington, D.C., will
look like.

Millard says, ``There's not enough meat on the bone.''

Alex LaBeau, head of the Idaho Association of Commerce and
Industry, says companies' fear reform measures will add to their
costs.

On the Net:
_ For the agenda of Wednesday's meeting:
http://www.legislature.idaho.gov/sessioninfo/2009/interim/healthcare
1104.pdf


(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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