In Congress’ first hearing on health care reform since the mid-1990s, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. unveiled his plan of a universal health care system before the Senate Budget Committee.

The plan from Wyden, and co-sponsor Sen. Robert Bennett, R-Utah, would eliminate employer-provided health care and give the money to employees and allow them to select private insurance plans.

The government would subsequently oversee quality standards and assist with plan selection. Wyden’s measure would mandate coverage for everyone as well as subsidize those at the poverty level.

Wyden told the committee that the plan represents concessions from both sides of the aisle.

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