By  on July 2, 2009

Senate Democrats crafting landmark health care reform legislation proposed an employer mandate today that would assess fees on full-time and part-time employees if a company does not contribute at least 60 percent to the cost of monthly health insurance premiums.

The plan, unveiled by Sen. Christopher Dodd (D., Conn.), who is temporarily chairing the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee for the ailing Sen. Edward Kennedy (D., Mass.), and others, would cost $611 billion to $612 billion over 10 years, according to the Congressional Budget Office. It also establishes a controversial government-run insurance option.

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