Donkey and Elephant Republicanshave been mum on health care reform proposals since their failedattempts to repeal Obamacare. Is it time to get back into the game?(Photo: Shutterstock)

Congressman Bruce Westerman, R-AR, may not sit on any healthcommittees, but that doesn't mean he isn't game. While Democratsride the popularity of Medicare for All,  Westerman isoffering a different approach to health care reform, presenting abill that would aim squarely at hospital consolidations and cut costs.

Modern Healthcare reports that Westerman's 200-page effort hasbeen in the works for more than a year, and that Westerman actuallywent to the Congressional Budget Office for input on individualpieces of the bill to be sure that cost and coverage issues wereconsidered together.

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Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.