In response to Bush's proposals, Sen Edward Kennedy (D, Mass) unveiled
a Democratic proposal to provide health insurance to all US residents. The
centerpiece of the plan is a bill, the Health Security and Affordability Act,
which would require all employers to pay 75% of insurance costs for employees.
In a speech to Families USA, a consumer advocacy group, Kennedy noted
that 80% of those without health insurance come from working families. He
proposed capping employers' expenses at 12% of their payroll; the federal
government pay for any costs above that. Employers now spend a median of 11%
of their payroll dollars on health insurance. Individuals without access to
employer-subsidized insurance could partake of new government coverage modeled
on the health insurance now offered to federal workers.
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