Democrats Drop Universal Health Care Proposal

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- In a major concession, Democrats are dropping their $15 billion universal health care proposal.

Senate Majority Leader Judy Robson says reform is needed but Democrats have decided not to continue with their Healthy Wisconsin plan.

But Robson says Democrats will continue talking about it.

Republicans have argued that the plan was blocking progress in budget negotiations.

They have repeatedly called on Democrats to remove the proposal from the table so other issues could be tackled.

Democratic Governor Jim Doyle also has not supported the plan.

He backs a proposal to insure all the state's children and more uninsured adults.

The state budget was due July 1.

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