To really make a difference, Congress and Americans need to stop pretending that they can waive a magic wand and “fix” health care. There are no easy fixes. There are just a series of tough realities and steps that all Americans have to embrace. The following are 10 key realities:
Health care providers and others seeking to get their input on the “American’s Affordable Health Care Choices Act of 2009” health care reform proposal introduced by the House Democratic Leadership should target their input to the “Blue Dog Democrats” in the House. Read about Blue Dog Democrats and how you can contact them here.
The fiscal conservatism of Blue Dog Democrats makes them more likely to listen to concerns about the cost and other concerns relating to the health care reform bills touted by the Democrat Leadership in the House and Senate. In fact, many Blue Dog Democrats already are speaking out about their concerns about the cost and other aspects of the Bill.
“Blue Dog Democrats” fiscal conservatism makes them more likely to share concerns about House Democrat Majority’s health care reform bill. Use this information to contact them about your concerns.
House Democrats introduced their proposal for health care reform this afternoon (July 14, 2009), the “America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009 (the “House Bill”). Democrat leaders have announced plans to fast track the House Bill to a vote by the end of July. See a high level summary of certain core provisions in the House Bill, as described by House Democrats in connection with their release of the proposal.
Health care reform proposals outlined in the Crossing Out Lines: Working Together to Reform the U.S. Health System Report released by Bipartisian Policy Center advisors and former Senators Howard Baker (R-TN), Tom Daschle (D-IA) and Bob Dole (R-KS) appears to enjoys significant support among many members of Congress as an alternative to the comprehensive health care reform proposals contained in the “Affordable Health Choices Act” (the “Kennedy Bill”) supported by Senator Edward M. Kennedy. As the health care reform rages among members of Congress, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) chaired by Senator Kennedy continues its mark up of the Kennedy Bill.
As the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) prepares for tomorrow’s (June 16, 2009) mark up session of the draft of the “Affordable Health Choices Act” floated by Senator Kennedy last week, Democratic Senator Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) is pushing am alternative proposal to create nonprofit cooperatives to compete with private insurers.
Americans concerned about plans of President Obama and Congressional Democrats to enact comprehensive health care reform this year must speak up now. Seeking to speed the Democratic version for health care reform through Congress this summer, Senator Edward M. Kennedy and other members of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) are holding hearings this week in anticipation of a scheduled June 16 mark up a 625 page proposal to radically reform the U.S. health care system set forth in “Affordable Health Choices Act.