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

Congressman Bruce Westerman, R-AR, may not sit on any health committees, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t game. While Democrats ride the popularity of Medicare for All,  Westerman is offering a different approach to health care reform, presenting a bill that would aim squarely at hospital consolidations and cut costs.

Modern Healthcare reports that Westerman’s 200-page effort has been in the works for more than a year, and that Westerman actually went to the Congressional Budget Office for input on individual pieces of the bill to be sure that cost and coverage issues were considered together.

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Marlene Satter

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

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