A coalition of unions, health care groups, and more than two dozen large corporations is considering sweeping health care reform that would call for government price controls on doctors' fees and hospital charges. An early draft of a proposal from the National Leadership Coalition for Health Care Reform, which includes such major employers as Chrysler, Southern California Edison, and Bethlehem Steel, also recommends a federal health care system that would provide insurance benefits to all Americans. Under the plan, which is scheduled for release in October, states would set fee schedules for both public and private buyers of health care and establish an overall spending target for medical care. Fee hikes would slow if the spending targets were exceeded.
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