Minister rejects US comparison to English health bill

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A Conservative health minister dismissed suggestions the Health and Social Care Bill would lead to an American-style health system in England.

Simon Burns told the Daily Politics: "There was never any intention, ever, from day one for a US-style insurance system."

He said the NHS would remain free at the point of use - as it had for its 64 years.

Mr Burns was asked about Nick Clegg's letter to Lib Dem peers and MPs setting out the amendments he wants to see, with the Deputy PM claiming it was "now undoubtedly a better bill because of the Liberal Democrats".

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