Key negotiators, who are currently looking for a compromise alternative to the public option over the major revamp of healthcare bill, have reported that since they have failed to come up with an apt way to afford a huge expansion of Medicaid, which goes beyond the 133% mentioned in the bill, a proposal has been sent to CBO on their behalf which would look at expanding community health centers instead.
The development will delight liberal members, like Senator Bernie Sanders, who are calling for more people to get health insurance coverage with the new bill, and also those who are "ardent proponents" of the public option.
"What a federally qualified community health center is about... is saying that anyone in an under-served area can walk into that facility, get healthcare either through Medicaid, Medicare, private insurance, or a sliding scale. If you don't have enough money, you pay on a sliding scale basis. Low-cost prescription drugs - this is a very, very successful program that now provides health care to over 20 million Americans, and it is a 40-year-old program, again supported widely in the House and the Senate", Senator Sanders had said just last week, while resounding the benefits of the proposed centers.
As the controversial bill inches towards being put into action, more and more aspects of it are now being explored in detail to ensure that all parties involved are satisfied, with the public option being the latest.