But the offer failed to win over Democrats, who were frustrated by Republican refusals to allow other amendments on issues including embryonic stem cell research and extending the sign up deadline for MedicareMedicare's prescription drug benefit.
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist attacked Democrats for blocking a final vote on the measure. "With 46 million uninsured Americans, our nation is confronting a monumental health insurance crisis," he said.
May 12, 2006 The Senate turned away a bill Thursday that would have let small businesses join together to buy lower cost medical insurance for workers.
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The Republican backed measure would have let small firms band together across state lines for the purposes of purchasing coverage. Common examples include coverage for cancercancer screening, mental healthmental health treatment, and contraceptives.
Democratic opponents also Air Max Uptempo On Feet say the bill circumvented state regulations that prevent insurers from covering only businesses with younger and healthier workers. The process, known as "cherry picking," could raise insurance costs for older or sicker workers, opponents argued.
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"It does little to address the underlying causes of health care inflation," said Sen. Christopher Dodd, D Conn.
Hundreds of health care groups, including the American DiabetesDiabetes Association, American Heart Association, and AARP, also opposed the bill.
"They argued that we should deny the people in small business from having anything until we can get them everything," said Enzi, who leads the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee.
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Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine, a Republican moderate, attempted a compromise offer that protected coverage guarantees as long as they were already available in at least 26 states.
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The bill garnered 55 votes on a procedural vote that would have required 60 supporters to pass.
own or work in small businesses. Owners have long complained that existing laws put them at a disadvantage when trying to negotiate for better coverage rates the way big companies do.
Republican Sen. Mike Enzi of Wyoming, the bill's chief sponsor, accused Democrats of blocking a modest effort to make insurance more affordable. Enzi argued that insurance without popular guaranteed services was better than none at all.
year on the growing number of uninsured, Reid said, "I'm sorry to say, it is."
The American Cancer Society released a statement claiming the bill "would threaten access to mammograms and other vital cancer screenings and treatments."
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