Tuesday, July 1, 2008
The Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council is caught in the cross fire of a legislative battle. The Council's funding ran out last night and the state legislature is trying to agree on a bill that would re-authorize the agency. But Republicans and Democrats cannot agree on whether to add to the legislation an extension of a malpractice insurance subsidy for doctors. Governor Ed Rendell says he will veto the bill if it comes to his desk with the subsidy included. State Senator Jay Costa says even though the Council is caught in the middle of a tug-of-war, he is confident that it will eventually be re-authorized.