Democrats on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee have submitted a number of options on an employer mandate to the Congressional Budget Office, with the hope of getting some cost estimates sometime Wednesday, Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.) informed reporters.
"We have several options on 'pay or play' that we've submitted," Dodd said, adding that the majority on the committee wasn't as far along on deciding on a public plan option. Dodd is filling in for Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) as committee chairman.
The committee on Tuesday had continued its debate over how prevention-care dollars should be spent under the panel's comprehensive healthcare reform bill. At issue was new language by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) that calls for billions of dollars to be spent each year over the next decade to support an HHS-administered fund on prevention and public health. From 2014 through 2019, spending would increase up to $10 billion annually.