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Dodd: HELP Committee To Release Reform Bill Within Days

An initial version of health reform legislation could be available "in the next several days," Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., a senior member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, told Dow Jones Newswires. Dodd added that another Democrat had presented "'four or five' different versions of a public plan Wednesday," but that the committee had not yet ironed out those controversial details (Yoest, 6/3).

The bill "will certainly include a federally run public plan that would provide health benefits in competition with private insurance," The Hill reports, though senators revealed few other details. "We're going to show you a bill that we'll go forward with – with the full understanding that that's only one step in the process," Dodd told the paper (Young and Rushing, 6/3).

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