Major provisions of the bipartisan healthcare reform plan unveiled last week in the House
Employer mandate Does not include an employer mandate.
Universal coverage No. Supporters say the plan would cover 90% of all
Americans by the year 2004
through insurance market â– reforms and subsidies for
low-income individuals and
Cost containment No national spending limits. Cost containment relies
entirely on market forces. Firms with fewer than 100
employees that choose to offer insurance would be required
to join purchasing cooperatives.
Medicare cuts Estimated at $55 billion over five years.
Other Contains the strongest malpractice reforms of all
House plans, including a $250,000 cap on noneconomic
damage awards. Many current Medicaid beneficiaries
would be moved into private managed-care plans.
Source: Congressional staffs