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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - Bill Hazel
It's health care brinksmanship, with hundreds of billions of dollars and the well-being of millions of people at stake.
Two years after congressional Democrats squeezed out enough votes to pass President Obama's health care overhaul, confusion still reigns among the states, insurers and average Americans struggling to comply with the hundreds of pages in the law.
"Here's the big thing: The state does not want to expand Medicaid and get stuck with the bill," said Dr. Bill Hazel, Virginia's health secretary. "Our legislators do not like to raise taxes to pay for a benefit someone else has promised. The concerns we have ... are around federal solvency and the ability of the federal government to meet its commitment."
"It would have helped to have the essential benefits package worked out some time ago," said Mr. Hazel, the Virginia official. "That's the basic thing — how can you price it and figure out what your rules will be?"