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Capitol Conversation: Healthcare Exchanges

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A bi-partisan compromise to create a healthcare exchange is in jeopardy. Republican house majority leader Amy Stephens says she'll introduce an amendment that will drastically change the bill. Just days earlier Stephens stressed the importance of an exchange saying it would help small businesses and individuals purchase affordable health insurance, and make the market more competitive.

http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kunc/local-kunc-960990.mp3But as KUNC's Bente Birkeland reports, this abrupt change of course is becoming increasingly common from Republican leadership.

Bente Birkeland has been reporting on state legislative issues for KUNC and Rocky Mountain Community Radio since 2006. Originally, from Minnesota, Bente likes to hike and ski in her spare time. She keeps track of state politics throughout the year but is especially busy during the annual legislative session from January through early May.
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