Navigation Links
Senate Upset Foils Democrats' Health Reform Agenda
Date:1/20/2010

Future direction of Obama's top domestic priority remains unclear

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 20 (HealthDay News) -- House and Senate Democrats' ambitious plans to revamp the nation's health-care system were torpedoed Tuesday night in the wake of a Massachusetts special election that delivered the seat long held by the late Sen. Edward Kennedy to a Republican.

State Sen. Scott Brown, who won the crucial seat by more than 100,000 votes, has vowed to vote against the health-care legislation that Congress is considering. Without 60 Democrats in the Senate to hold off a Republican filibuster, health reform legislation -- at least in its current form -- seems much less likely to advance, pundits say.

Carol Pryor, a health policy analyst based in Boston, said Brown's message resonated with voters in part because of the complexity of the legislation -- detailed in voluminous House and Senate bills passed in 2009.

"People really had lost sight of what's in it, or didn't have a good sense of what was in it, and there was a lot of misinformation spread around about it," she explained.

"I do think that the dragged-out negotiations and all of the deals that people had to make in order to get this through Congress, especially with the need for 60 votes in the Senate, after a while made it seem like there was just a lot of deal-making going on behind the scenes," Pryor added.

Appearing on Fox News Sunday this week, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) characterized the election as a "referendum" on the national health reform initiative, which he claimed Democrats were trying to work out in secret.

"They have arrogantly ignored American public opinion all the way to this point," he said. "And they're trying to get their members to continue to ignore public opinion one more time."

Robert Restuccia, executive director of Community Catalyst, a national consumer health advocacy organization, disagreed. "I don't think it was a referendum," he said. "I think fundamentally this came down to two campaigns: one that was pretty effective and one that wasn't, in an environment that was probably not as good as when Obama ran."

And while the vote fundamentally changes the calculus in the Senate, it doesn't alter the need for specific reforms, Restuccia stressed.

"I think there's still an urgency to pass something," he said.

In the wake of the Senate shakeup, Democratic leaders in both chambers were pondering ways to move the legislation forward. The House could pass the Senate version of the bill, avoiding another Senate vote, although that scenario seemed unlikely given the many concessions House members would have to make.

In remarks to MSNBC, Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.), a progressive Democrat, conceded it may be time for his party to take a new tact on health care.

"I think we've made some crucial mistakes along the way by making this more complicated than it needs to be," he said. Weiner said he supports a "much simpler approach" to health care as part of a jobs bill.

Pryor said she hopes that whatever Congress decides to do will ultimately salvage some key elements of the legislation, including an expansion of Medicaid and health insurance market reforms.

While public support for "health reform" may be lagging, Restuccia said the public remains strongly in favor of specific elements of health reform.

"What the package is, how to move forward, is going to be the question now," he said. "I still think it's very high on the agenda, and I would be surprised if it disappears between now and the next election."

More information

For more on what the House and Senate proposed, visit the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.



SOURCES: Carol Pryor, health policy analyst, Boston; Robert Restuccia, executive director, Community Catalyst, Boston


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Ted Kennedy - Healthcare Rest in Peace Memorial Protest at Senate Russell Building
2. Patient Advocates Cite Insurance Caps as Critical Difference in Senate and House Health Care Reform
3. Americans for Responsible Health Care Launch Ad Campaign in Massachusetts Senate Special Election Campaign
4. Providence Service Corporation Comments on Senate Health Care Reform
5. A Christmas Gift for Eric: Senate Approves Health Care Bill in Historic Christmas Eve Vote
6. Rep. Fattah Thanks Senate Democrats and Predicts Healthcare Reform Will Bring Immediate Help in 2010
7. AARP Thanks Senate for Passing Health Care Reform
8. A Promise to Keep. Senate Vote is the First Step Toward the Promise of Quality, Affordable Health Care for All
9. U.S. Conference of Mayors Congratulates the U.S. Senate on Passing Historic Health Coverage Legislation
10. Senate Passage of Health Reform a Historic Milestone, National Partnership President Says
11. Statement from Larry Minnix, CEO, American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging On the Senates Passage of Health Reform Legislation
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:10/13/2017)... Milwaukee, WI (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... ... movement in medicine known as “patient engagement.” The patient is doing more than filling ... research partners. , “There is an increasing emphasis in health care and research ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... ... Hannah Randall, PharmD ‘17, and Jennifer Huggins, PharmD ’17, along with clinical ... the primary prevention of cardiovascular diseases during the 15th Annual Women’s Health ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... York, NY (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... ... influential people in business to advocate for action towards gender equality at their inaugural ... views from around the globe, and reached a social audience of over 3 million. ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... , ... “The Journey: From the Mountains to the Mission Field”: the story ... the Philippines. “The Journey: From the Mountains to the Mission Field” is the creation ... has taught all ages and currently teaches a class of ladies at her church, ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... 2017 , ... The company has developed a suite of ... authorities worldwide. From Children’s to Adults 50+, every formula has been developed by ... , These products are also: Gluten Free, Non-GMO, Vegan, Soy Free, Non-Dairy*, Preservative ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/4/2017)... OBP Medical , a leading ... today announced regulatory approval from Brazil,s ... Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária (ANVISA)) to market ... with integrated LED light source and smoke evacuation ... of a tissue pocket or cavity during surgical ...
(Date:10/2/2017)... 2017  Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: ... third quarter of 2017 on Tuesday, October 24, 2017. ... day with the investment community and media to further ... call will begin at 9 a.m. Eastern time. Investors, ... webcast of the conference call through a link that ...
(Date:10/2/2017)... announces the European launch of their new low volume, high throughput ... Cambridge, U.K on October 4th. The new ... unprecedented speed and sensitivity while using far less sample volume through ... ... ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: