Wednesday, January 27, 2010

What Next for Health Care?

The popular news of the day on the healthcare front is that Congressional Democrats have a strategy in place that would pass the Senate bill and then use the budget reconciliation process to make necessary changes. The reconciliation process is complicated. Because of its rules, some of the changes that need to be made for a compromise might not be possible. If these key provisions aren’t included, then the House likely will not have the votes needed to finalize the bill into law.

An interesting poll was taken in Massachusetts after the election of Mr. Brown. The poll showed that 68% of the voters said they supported THEIR states health plan. A little more than half of the 68% voted for Mr. Brown. Also, it has been reported that Mr. Brown himself voted for the Massachusetts health program in 2006. He didn’t campaign against his states plan this year, but he vowed to block reform in Washington. Doesn’t make a lot of sense does it?

-David Darrigan, D.O.

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