With Congressional Health Care Reform at a critical point this week, many are asking which members of Congress to talk to, how to reach them and what to tell them. The following are some pointers on contacting the key decision-makers and structuring your message.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid yesterday (November 18, 2009) unveiled the text of his proposed “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, H.R. 3590” health care reform bill that he indicated that he and certain other key Senate Democrats now back.
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) today (November 19, 2009) introduced his latest health care reform proposal, the America’s Healthy Future Act of 2009 (S.1796), the text of which is available for review here. Chairman Baucus’ introduction of S. 1796 follows the November 7, 2009 passage by the U.S. House of Representatives of the massive health care reform proposal sponsored by Representative John Dingell (D-MI) and supported by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the Affordable Health Care for America Act (HR. 3962). Review highlights and get link to text of bill here!
With Senate Finance Committee meetings to mark up Chairman Max Baucus’ health care reform proposal as outlined in his 220-page “Chairman’s Mark of America’s Healthy Future Act of 2009” (the “Baucus Proposal”) scheduled to begin tomorrow (September 22, 2009), tax-exempt health care and other non-profit organizations should evaluate carefully proposed amendments that would amend or repeal the rebuttable presumption rule applicable to non-profits when defending Internal Revenue Service challenges to compensation reasonability, to grant sweeping new audit and oversight powers to the Internal Revenue Service, to tighten substantially tax-exemption requirements for charitable hospitals, and other amendments impacting their tax-exempt status or related obligations in addition to the widely-discussed proposal to create “Consumer Operated and Oriented Plans (CO-OPs) .
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:
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.