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Re: Status of S. 1360
I talked this morning with Kristin from Kassebaum's office about the
status of S. 1360. According to Kristin, the Senate is expected to act
today or tomorrow on S. 1028, the Kassebaum-Kennedy health insurance
bill. The House version of this is HR 3103. Once the two bills are
passed, a conference committee will be appointed. The Bennett bill (S.
1360) will not be offered as an amendment from the floor to S. 1028.
There may or may not be attempts to include S. 1360 in the Conference on
the health insurance bill at a later date, but this remains to be seen.
If S. 1360 is perceived to be controversial, then this would tend to work
against it being included in the health insurance legislation.
Meanwhile, on Wed, the 24th, the Senate Labor Committee is supposed to
mark-up S. 1360. The bill was released to some people by CDT last
friday. I told Kristin that it seemed to me that most groups that
opposed the orginial Bennett bill were not that impressed with the modest
improvements in the bill. Certainly our group, CPT, continues to oppose
S. 1360, even with the new draft, because it failed to address most of
our stated concerns.
Kristin said that even if the Committee moves the new S. 1360 out of
Committee, there will be many opportunities to seek changes, either
before it is offered in the health insurance conference as a substitute
for the existing privacy sections of that legislation, or as a standalone
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