Senators Block Asbestos Compensation Fund

Senators have blocked a final vote on an asbestos bill that would have created a private fund to compensate victims of asbestos.

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Here's an update on two major healthcare issues here in Washington. The first is an effort to compensate victims of asbestos. The Senate was considering a plan to create a fund to pay asbestos victims and save major companies from bankruptcy. After a very public debate, Senators last night blocked a final vote, at least for now. Many Democrats and some Republicans said taxpayers could get stuck with the cost.

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