Raising Women’s Voices

Hill banter from last week

Posted in DC Reform, Health Reform Policy Proposals by raisingwomensvoices on June 8, 2009

Republicans are skeptical; Democrats committed

Republicans see the following problems with the Democratic proposal for health care reform: the size, the shape, and the cost. That is to say, mostly everything. Max Baucus (D – Montana, Chair of the Senate Finance Committee) and Chuck Grassley (R – Iowa, senior Republican on the committee) hold firm with their commitment to near-universal coverage to be the national norm when everything is said and done and the bill is signed by President Obama in October.

“But after weeks of amiable optimism, Republicans who emerged from a two-hour meeting of the Senate Finance Committee on Thursday volunteered sharp-edged political comments.”

Republicans Pat Roberts (Kansas) and Orrin Hatch (Utah) have been a few of the outspoken critics of the proposals being put forth by Democrats. Among other things, they don’t believe that the government should require employers to pay for or provide health insurance. The debate continues, read the article at the link here.

House Majority Leader not supportive of one Obama proposal

Steny Hoyer (D – Maryland), the House Majority Leader, has expressed doubts with a proposal put forward by President Barack Obama that would try to cut costs of health coverage to Americans by providing oversight by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission. This oversight would culminate in up-down votes in Congress, something Hoyer has stated is “take-it-or-leave-it” and likely to not have bipartisan support. Read the full article from the USA Today here.

Ted Kennedy might not be present for much of the debate

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D – Nevada) has gotten the green light from Senator Ted Kennedy (D – Massachusetts, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions) to overview and debate about his proposal for health care reform without him present. Senator Kennedy has been suffering from a malignant brain tumor and is expected to be out of the capital for the next one to two weeks.  This could potentially be a huge blow to the liberal sway Kennedy was hoping to give to health care reform. Read the full article here.

Republican states seem to have more to gain than Democratic states in the health care overhaul

Last week the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation published an article about health care reform – it looks like the states that will benefit are ones where representatives seem to be against the reform. These states are mostly in the South and the West, where there are low levels of coverage and little state compensation for health care insurance payments. Read the full article here.

Leveling the playing field: health care reform

An article from the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation outlines the congressional and presidential commitment to health care reform, using Ted Kennedy’s words to state the inequities and disparities that exist in the broken system today:

“We have the greatest doctors and medical innovations in the world, but more and more Americans are on the outside looking in to a world of progress and discovery that is denied to them because they cannot afford quality healthcare”

Read the full article here.

Robert Woods Johnson Foundation articles

1.) Robert Woods Johnson Foundation: Kennedy and Baucus disagree about health care legislation. Read the rest of the article here.

2.) Robert Woods Johnson Foundation: Health care debate takes to the airways. Read the full article at the RWJF website.

3.) Robert Woods Johnson Foundation: More small businesses stop providing health insurance to employees. Go here for the full article.

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