I am writing today to announce the closure of the New Mexico Independent. After three and a half years of operation in New Mexico, the board of the American Independent News Network, has decided to shift publication of its news…
‘Gang of Six’ Senate version of health care reform bill doesn’t include public option
Instead, it includes a provision for nonprofit health care co-ops. U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., told Politico that there are “a lot of very good ideas in the proposal,” but that it is “subject to more discussion.”
The proposal warns that it “is not a final product, should not be construed as a Chairman’s Mark and does not include everything that might be in a Mark.”
According to the Glossary of Congressional Terms on TheCapitol.net, a Chairman’s Mark is a “recommendation by committee (or subcommittee) chair of the measure to be considered in a markup, usually drafted as a bill.”
Bingaman is part of the so-called “Gang of Six” senators in the Senate Finance Committee who have been negotiating a bipartisan bill. The group included Baucus, Bingaman, Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Olympia Snow (R-Maine) and Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.).