From the Desk of Judith Stein….

April 27, 2009 at 11:11 am 2 comments

Update: Real reform still possible

Apparently the President will support use of the Senate “Reconciliation” process to move health care reform if the super-majority of 60 votes needed to avoid a filibuster can’t be garnered to pass a good plan. We heard this last week from a senior senator – he hoped a bipartisan vote would be possible, but indicated that certain principles need to be met by any health care bill, and that Reconciliation would be considered if those principles would otherwise be sacrificed.  Amen to that.

Let’s not accept “something’s better than nothing” again!  That mantra helped pass the 2003 law that gave us private Medicare Advantage, Part D, and windfalls for corporations – at the expense of Medicare participants and taxpayers. Been there, done that.  This time we need a good plan with a solid public option that puts people above profits.


April 24th

CMA Health Policy Consultants’ contacts in DC indicate that a public option in health care reform is in jeopardy. Is it possible that after all the problems Medicare has had with private plans, and the plans’ exorbitant additional costs, that we will actually let corporate greed trump the interests of sick people and taxpayers once again?

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NY Times: Can Real Health Reform Pass? What Kind of Help is That?

2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Vicki Gottlich  |  April 24, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    All may not be lost for the public health plan. New York’s senior senator, Chuck Schumer, has taken on the task of drafting the specs for a public health plan option. Senator Schumer is working vigorously and talking with a number of interested parties and experts to figure out what the plan might look like. This is really positive news. Stay tuned!

  • 2. Brian Kelly  |  June 3, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    We need to do some about Part D and that is no more donut hole.

    Change the open enrollment date to September 1st through November 30th, giving the plans December to get everything together. When Jan 1st comes along then everthing should be in place. It seems like everbody is on vacation Nov. 15th through Dec. 31st including the Plans. Besides it makes it hard for people to get out and change their plans with the weather conditions during the current OEP.


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