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Democrats Health Care Strategery… November 11, 2008

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http://www.tnr.com/politics/story.html?id=d818fb23-9df8-4be5-8742-25e3f5ec6e09

The New Republic article points out that the Democrats are working behind the scenes to roll out their national health care initiative.

Since June, staff members from three key Senate committees–Budget, Finance, and Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions–have been meeting regularly to map out a health care strategy for the coming year. They’ve formed three working groups: one focused on expanding insurance coverage, one focused on improving the system’s functioning, and one focused on financing a new initiative. They’ve also been meeting with officials representing almost every key stakeholder involved in the health care debate, from doctors to insurers to consumer advocates to employers. The goal of these meetings has been to develop a common vision among Senate Democrats for what universal health care should look like–and how to pass it. Although the discussions still have a ways to go, a rough consensus is starting to take shape.

This, in and of itself, is not surprising.  What is is this:

Assuming Senate Democrats can find some common ground on reform, they would consider using the budget reconciliation process to enact it.

What does this mean?  The rules of reconciliation limit debate, restrict amendments, and prohibit filibusters.

Just as a note; I am in favor of major health care reform.  I think it must happen, because our system is broken.  I see the failure every day as a physician.

But if Mr. Obama and his allies want to ram their proposals through Congress without any minority voice, they will have a battle on their hands; not to mention, it will quickly end Mr. Obama’s supposed post-partisanship.

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