The Senate Finance Committee debated how to help small businesses buy health insurance for their employees, considering competing bills. Legislation introduced by Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) would allow businesses with up to 100 employees to band together to buy health insurance and to receive a tax credit to reduce costs for low-income workers. A plan by Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) would permit associations rather than small businesses to buy insurance together through a fully insured small-business health plan. Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) criticized Enzi's bill for failing to include a self-insure option, a provision contained in her own bill. -- by Jennifer Lubell
Senate panel debates insurance options for small firms
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