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03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Senate Health Care Bill: Five Things You Don't Know

If you've been following the health care debate closely, you probably know the basics of the Senate Finance Committee's version of health care reform -- like the fact that it was debated by the "Gang of Six"; that it has something called "co-ops" in it; and that it is the only version of the five Congressional reform bills that does not have a public option.

The bill also tells insurance companies they can't drop you or deny you coverage if you're sick; creates an individual mandate that requires you to get health insurance; skips the employer mandate that the House uses to require business to cover workers; and is mostly paid for by charging hefty fees on insurance companies (who could pass these costs on to you) and charging penalties from all you non-complying insurance-skippers out there...

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