Thursday, January 21, 2010

What's next for Health Care Reform

Tuesday evening when Scott Brown won the special election for Mass. Senate seat, conservatives everywhere breathed a collective sigh of relief. Brown campaigned on being the 41st vote to stop the super majority the democrats held in senate and he opposed the health care reform bill which was in negotiation to reconcile between the house bill and the senate bill pass in late 2009.

Since then several moves have been made, some positive and some that give me cause for concern. First, Senators Webb and Warner came out with the following statements.

Senator Webb:

January 19, 2010

“I congratulate Scott Brown on his victory, and I look forward to working with him in the United States Senate.

“In many ways the campaign in Massachusetts became a referendum not only on health care reform but also on the openness and integrity of our government process. It is vital that we restore the respect of the American people in our system of government and in our leaders. To that end, I believe it would only be fair and prudent that we suspend further votes on health care legislation until Senator-elect Brown is seated.”

Senator Warner:

“I agree with my Virginia colleague, Jim Webb, that the Senate should not take any further votes on health reform until Sen.-elect Brown is seated as a member. I believe a complete economic recovery, including deficit reduction, will not be possible until we reform our expensive and inefficient health care system, and I hope we can move forward in a bipartisan way.”

These statement are really not that surprising. Our senators know they represent a relatively conservative state, who overwhelming elected a Republican Governor Bob McDonnell in November 2009.

Secondly, in an interview with CNN, Rep Eric Cantor(R VA7) made this statement referring back to the Republican Health Care Plan.

Gloria, I met with Majority Leader Steny Hoyer several months ago and I proffered our plan, the House Republicans have a plan and the plan is still there. But you know what, as late as today we see the Democrats in the House just talking to one another, they're not interested in reaching out to us. And in fact Gloria as recently as a month or so ago, Leader Hoyer said to me it's not worth our time as a Majority to speak to Republicans because you're not interested in a public option.

Today, Speaker Pelosi announced today that the Senate Health Care bill just does not have the votes to pass the house.

So, what is next. Well, the stage is set. Pres. Obama and the Democrats need to save face and the republicans want a seat at the table. Now, I am no political analyst, just a citizens, but it seems to me I’ve seen this show before. Here comes the compromise and that is what scares me. It's not that we don't want the problems fixed, like allowing for health saving accounts and tort reform. It's what congress thinks they can do to "help". Any compromise bill that restrict and regulars insurance companies, limits our choices and increases our cost will simply be unacceptable. Let's hope the two parties can come together on a clean bill (no unrelated amendments) that will provide for better insurance, but frankly I just don't trust them.

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1 comment:

  1. I do believe there are some things that need to be done. One step at a time so we know what is going on.

    If they propose a compromise and we do not like it then there will be hell to pay.