SJM: The state Senate Health Committee today is expected to vote on the bill, ABX1. The plan would still have to be approved by voters in a November referendum.
The plan covers more than two-thirds of the 5.1 million permanently uninsured residents in the state. (Another roughly 1.4 million go without insurance for at least part of any given year.)
Insurance companies could no longer deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions. Businesses that don’t offer insurance would have to start doing so, or pay into a state health fund. Uninsured people would have to buy coverage, although lower-income earners would qualify for government subsidies or tax credits.
UPDATE:Sounds like it will be shelved.
UPDATE ll: It has indeed died. We’ll have a story online shortly