Douglas supports health care bill despite changes

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Governor Jim Douglas says he can live with health care legislation moving through the House even though it’s missing a key component he had fought for.

The Ways and Means Committee removed a tax on hospitals designed to raise $15 million from a health care reform plan. The money would fund a risk pool to make individual and small group health insurance policies more affordable.

Douglas says he would have preferred that the provision stay in the bill. But he says change is incremental and the issue can be addressed at another time.

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