The Associated Press breaks down the different health care reform packages in Congress and takes a look at where the bills — five in all — stand after the Senate Finance Committee voted Tuesday to send their bill out of committee. The AP
compares the Senate Finance and HELP (Health, Education, Labor and Pensions) Committees' bills as well as the House bill, the Republican outline for health reform and President Obama's proposal. For each bill, the AP details who would be covered, the cost, how it's paid for, the requirements on individuals and employers to buy or provide coverage, subsidies, benefits packages, insurance industry regulations, the inclusion of a public plan, how residents would choose their coverage and changes to government-run programs like Medicaid and Medicare (Alonso-Zaldivar and Werner, 10/14). The AP
also has a breakdown of "what happens next" in the Senate, the House, the White House and with lobbying groups. (Werner and Hirschfeld Davis, 10/13).