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Repeal Fades as Centrists Take Stage: Tone More Civil
Center persuades former Senate Majority leaders, Democrat Tom Daschle and
Republican Bill Frist, to help make health care bill work
Goozner, The Fiscal Times
Jan. 19, 2011 -
The tone on Capitol Hill during Tuesday's debate was more civil, the
partisan rhetoric less harsh than previous exchanges on the House floor.
But there's little doubt that the Republican-led House will vote later
today to repeal President Obama's signature health care reform law.
symbolic vote there's almost no likelihood the Democratic Senate will
follow, nor would the president sign the bill signals the start of a
two-year campaign by newly empowered Republicans in the House to
undermine the new law. Proponents of "repeal and replace" will next turn
to eliminating the most unpopular elements of the lawincluding the
individual mandate and to cutting off funding for implementation.
Senior Citizens Warming to Health Care Reform as
Republicans Set Stage to Kill It
about health care reform reaches new low among senior citizens
By Tucker Sutherland, editor,
SeniorJournal.com - Jan. 4, 2011
$250 for Senior Citizens to Replace Lack of Social Security Hike in 2011
action reduces income to Social Security Trust Fund by $120 billion -
Dec. 9, 2010
Medicare 'Doc Fix' to Stop 25 Percent Cut in Physician Pay; Up to House
the cut for one year will inject some much needed stability into the
system for seniors and physician practices,' says AMA president -
Dec. 9, 2010
Commission Fizzles on Deficit Reduction Plans that Focused on Senior
Much of the
commissions deficit-cutting was aimed at the costly entitlements,
Social Security and Medicare but not enough votes to pass - Dec. 4, 2010
Democrats, Republicans Trying To Sway Senior
Citizens With Health Care Spin
Advocacy groups protest the presence of lobbyists
at the gathering of state insurance regulators - Aug. 16, 2010
Politics for Senior Citizens
administration won a powerful set of centrist allies on Tuesday as it
scrambled to set in motion reforms that it believes will be popular with
the American people once its key provisions go into effect.
The new law,
signed by Obama last March, is designed to provide about 32 million
previously-uninsured Americans with coverage either through Medicaid or
subsidized private insurance sold through state-based insurance
exchanges. The total cost of the program of about $900 billion will be
paid for by a combination of tax increases and slower growth in Medicare
spending. The law also places consumer-friendly restrictions on
insurance carriers, funds Medicare pilot models in alternative care
delivery, and creates a government-run long-term care insurance program.
contend that the law is overly intrusive and that it will drive up the
destroy jobs. But a bipartisan group of former senators and
high-level health political operatives launched a new program to help
states organize viable health insurance exchanges, the centerpieces of
the effort to provide coverage for the uninsured and small businesses
under the law.
state-based exchanges won't begin operating until late 2014, efforts to
get them up and running are already underway in many states, including
several whose attorneys general have challenged the law in court. To
help them iron out problems encountered along the way, the Bipartisan
recruited two former Senate majority leaders, Democrat Tom Daschle
and Republican Bill Frist.
Health Project also corralled Sheila Burke, Republican Sen. Bob Dole's
former chief of staff, and Chris Jennings, who was former President Bill
Clinton's top health care aide, to help coordinate and staff the effort.
The two have decades of experience on Capitol Hill, and are considered
among the most knowledgeable health policy experts on either side of the
In announcing his
support for the project, Frist, a physician, said efforts to repeal the
law rather than fix its shortcomings were shortsighted. "It's not the
bill that I would have drafted, but it is the law of the land," he said
at a news conference. "It is the platform, the fundamental platform,
upon which all future efforts to make this system better for that
patient, for that family, for that community, will be based."
succeed in slowing down the process by going after funding for the
Health and Human Services Department that is charged with implementing
the law. But it won't be stopped, Frist predicted. "The appropriations
will be a vehicle by which the implementation is titrated," he said. But
there will be countervailing pressures from within the Republican Party.
"When I talk to governors in the states, they want the grants to flow
even quicker," he said.
Daschle, for his
part, signaled a new flexibility on the part of Democrats to allow
greater experimentation in the states. Most of those states have
Republican governors and legislatures following last November's
election. The administration has already granted a number of waivers to
firms that provide insurance policies that don't meet minimum coverage
rules or have excessive administrative costs. The rules for the minimum
benefit packages that will be sold on the exchanges are being written
now. The administration's regulations should "allow states significant
breathing room and ample opportunity to adopt the health care reform law
to their own needs," Daschle said.
recession-induced financial crisis faced by most states has dramatically
altered the landscape on which reform will play out. Of the 32 million
or so Americans slated to gain coverage under the new law by 2019, about
half would find themselves in expanded Medicaid programs a program
that is going broke in most states.
Former Ohio Gov.
Ted Strickland, who was recruited to the Health Project after losing his
bid for re-election in November, predicted that hard-pressed states in
the short-run will continue to make
sharp cutbacks in Medicaid programs to help balance their budgets.
In one of his last acts in office, he eliminated dental coverage for
Medicaid recipients, even though medical research shows that the
short-run savings from the cuts will wind up increasing long-term health
care costs since untreated cavities often lead to serious infections,
oral surgeries and systemic infections.
"What voters want
from us now is to deliver pragmatic and practical solutions to the many
financing and delivery system problems that we will face in implementing
health care reform," he said. But what voters want and what takes place
on Capitol Hill can be two very different things. The weeklong
rhetorical hiatus after the attempted assassination of Rep. Gabriel
Giffords, D-Ariz., and the tragic killing of six bystanders in Tucson
gave way Tuesday to the usual partisan hyperbole.
For instance, the
administration began gearing up its own propaganda machine to counter
Republican claims that health care reform is "job-killing," the name
given to the repeal resolution. But rather than focus on whether the
bill will dissuade small business from creating jobs something that's
largely unknowable for legislation that is still more than three years
away from implementation the Democrats highlighted the benefits
already enacted under the law.
Kathleen Sebelius released a report that claimed "between 50 and 129
million non-elderly Americans have at least one pre-existing condition
that would threaten their access to health care and health insurance
without the protections of the Affordable Care Act."
The larger number
counts every American who takes a pill for hypertension or elevated
cholesterol. While that is, by medical definitions, a pre-existing
condition, it's not very likely that many Americans have been denied
insurance coverage because they take drugs to manage these warning signs
of heart disease.
In fact, some
insurance companies are starting to
waive co-pays for such drugs. They believe that paying more now to
foster better compliance with medication schedules will reduce the
incidence of much more costly heart attacks and strokes down the road.
information is reprinted from
kaiserhealthnews.org with permission from the Henry J.
Kaiser Family Foundation. You can view the entire Kaiser
Daily Health Policy Report, search the archives and sign up
for email delivery. © Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. All
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