Posted by: Audrey Erbes | November 13, 2008

Democrats Lining Up with Health Care Reform Plans

It appears that there will be no time lost in taking action in Congress on major health care reform in the 2009 session. It may just surprise us from whence the best ideas and leadership will come.  Ted Kennedy has been the Democratic leader in the Senate strongly associated with health care reform recently but it’s possible the mantel could shift to Senator Hillary Clinton due to Kennedy’s poor health. I was surprised that Senator Baucus, a Democrat from Montana and head of the finance committee has stepped up with   104- page plan and well-organized and attended press conference. It shouldn’t surprise us that those focused on the economics of providing improved health care to those who can’t afford private care policies shouldn’t have a point of view in addition to those focused on the needs of the patient. Kennedy’s people indicate they won’t give up easily on controlling the debate on health care reform. You can read about their differences in Washington Post article found at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/11/11/AR2008111102511_2.html?sid=ST2008111200035&s_pos=

The House Committee Chairman (or chairperson) positions may  be up for competition considering the high visibility and power that relates to those positions in the new Congress. Note House Government Reform Committee Chairman Henry Waxman’s announced challenge of Michigan Democratic Congressman John Dingell for the chairmanship of the powerful Energy and Commerce committee.

This could be extremely interesting year for industry followers of government policy as we witness the  opportunities for the limelight offered by the major policy issues confronting the Obama administration.

Be sure to check out the excellent In Vivo blog at http://invivoblog.blogspot.com/ to read their excellent take on the situation. They include a downloable copy of the Baucus Health Reform 2009 plan.

Audrey

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