The White House is preparing to release a new health care package today, in anticipation of Thursday’s summit. Here’s what ABC News tells us to expect:



President Barack Obama is making a fresh attempt to rescue his health care overhaul by proposing a measure that would allow the government to deny or roll back egregious insurance premium increases that infuriate consumers.


Coming just days before a White House health care summit with congressional leaders of both parties, Obama’s new legislative proposal, which will be unveiled later Monday, likely represents the president’s last chance to salvage his signature issue.


A White House official, speaking on condition of anonymity because details have not yet been officially released, said the insurance rate proposal would give the federal Health and Human Services Department – in conjunction with state authorities – the power to deny substantial premium increases, limit them, or demand rebates for consumers….


Obama’s latest plan is expected to require most Americans to carry health insurance coverage, with federal subsidies to help many afford the premiums. Hewing close to a stalled Senate bill, it would bar insurance companies from denying coverage to people with medical problems or charging them more. A tax on high-cost health insurance plans objected to by House Democrats – and labor unions – would be scaled back. The expected price tag is around $1 trillion over 10 years.


So basically, it’ll just be the same old command-and-control health care bill that was passed by the Senate, but with some new regulations on the insurance industry and a few more giveaways to unions in an attempt to appease a few House Democrats.


We’ll see the details in a few hours, but it sounds like we can expect the “new” health care bill to be more of the same.