GOP Blocks Health Insurance Bill

United Press International

Conservative Republicans blocked Senate action on a catastrophic-illness health insurance bill today with objections to an income tax on the elderly and plans to add prescription drugs to the package.

Senate Republican leader Robert Dole offered the objection for absent Sen. Malcolm Wallop (R-Wyo.) to open action on the legislation that would provide unlimited hospital and physician care to 31 million elderly people on Medicare while capping out-of-pocket medical expenses at $1,700. Dole asked Sen. David Durenberger (R-Minn.) to work on a compromise with the opponents so the legislation can be debated by early Tuesday.

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