Omaha Public Radio News
8:21 am
Wed July 29, 2009

Terry promotes alternative health care plan

Omaha, NE – Nebraska's Second District Congressman is introducing a health care plan he says would cost significantly less than what's under discussion by the U.S. House.

Congressman Lee Terry's proposal would allow the uninsured to opt-in to the insurance plan offered to federal employees. Terry, a Republican, says there would be several benefits to such a health care option. First, he says the infrastructure already exists. Secondly, Terry says the cost to the uninsured would be much less than currently existing health care plans. He says participants also wouldn't have to worry about waiting for coverage due to pre-existing conditions.

Terry says his proposal would cost only five to ten percent of a proposed government-run system. That system has an estimated price tag of one trillion dollars over ten years.