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White House Reacts To Former Senate Leaders' Health Care Plan

Today, former Senate Majority Leaders Daschle, Dole and Baker released their own draft of a health care plan. As noted in the Strategy Memo this morning, the plan calls for a mandate that individuals have insurance, fees for companies that do not provide coverage for employers, and taxing benefits.

The White House released this fairly neutral statement on the plan from Robert Gibbs:

"The Bipartisan Policy Center, led by three distinguished former Senate Majority Leaders, has produced a serious and detailed proposal for health reform that reinforces the importance of the President's core principles: lowering costs for families, businesses and governments; guaranteeing choice of doctors and plans; ensuring quality and affordable health care for all Americans, and adhering to fiscal discipline that does not add to the deficit.

"This group of extraordinarily experienced legislators agree with the President that health reform must be enacted this year because the status quo -- skyrocketing health care costs, rising premiums, swelling deficits - is unsustainable. With this report, they have demonstrated what can be achieved with bipartisan effort. The Bipartisan Policy Center has produced a significant report, and the White House applauds their efforts."