Health Care Reform Critical But Not Dead

The prognosis for health care reform is rather guarded at the moment. House majority whip James Clyburn is saying that the House will pass the Senate bill if there are assurances that fixes will be made through a separate budget reconciliation bill. It is far from certain that the Senate will be able to do this. Reports coming out of the Senate do not sound like they are prepared to make such an arrangement to pass such fixes even though only 50 votes (plus Joe Biden as tie breaker) are needed.

Two conservative Democrats, Blanche Lincoln and Evan Bayh, have already stated they will not support a reconciliation measure. The two Senators from Connecticut, Chris Dodd (Democrat) and Joe Lieberman (Schmuck) are suggesting that President Obama use the State of the Union Address to “re-invite” the Republicans back to negotiate on health care legislation. So far the Republicans have not shown any interest in negotiating, preferring to block any legislation trying make the Democrats look like failures regardless of how much they harm the country. So far their strategy might be working.

While I am extremely pessimistic about the Republicans being willing to negotiate in good faith, if they should shock us all there could even be one benefit. Perhaps a deal could be made in which the Democrats do concede one point to the Republicans and proceed with malpractice reform. This will have a far smaller impact on health care costs than Republicans typically claim but we should not overlook any source of savings such as this which does not require reductions in care provided.

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    autismadvocate says:

    California has a crisis of disabled and elderly dying and abused in out of home placements like nursing and group homes. Yet, there are families out here who are WILLING to care for their family members at home, which saves money! It’s cost effective! For example, If you go to YOU TUBE and look under kgaccount or type the words: autism seizures… or autism and self injury, you will see an American family was told it would cost the state of california over 23,000 a MONTH! to manage their severely autistic son due to his complex behavioral and medical issues. So, instead of an out of home placement, they keep him home and make the sacrifices needed, all while SAVING the government money by keeping him home. Shouldn’t families like this receive at least support without all the red tape? Look people…it’s not hard to figure out…by supporting people in their homes. the government is saving money so why the hell is arnold schwarznegger cutting IHSS services? Do you want severely autistic populations to go back into institutions that cost upwards of one million a year in some of these hard cases? Every American should support the care and protection of severely autistic or disabled or elderly populations in their homes when the family is willing to do it…these families need support. Wake up Democrats and Republicans. You obviously don’t get it. Please try.

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