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D.C. Council To Vote On Bill Establishing Health Exchange

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The D.C. Council will today vote on a bill that would push the nation's capital to the forefront of implementing a health insurance exchange as mandated by the federal health care reform overhaul.

The bill being considered today would require that all health insurance for individuals not on employer-funded plans and small businesses be purchased through the exchange by 2015, essentially closing the city's insurance market.

Advocates say the bill would make insurance more affordable and promote transparency and competition. The insurance opposes the move, however the bill doesn't seem to have much opposition on the 13-member council.

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