The Lobbyist -What a Joke
There is a great deal of discussion right now over the various bills in the House and Senate. The Finance Committee will vote on their bill this week and as I have said all along, this bill is the foundation of practical reform. For any of the bills to be successful, particularly the one drafted by the Finance Committee, we have to be able to pay for the reform measures. In particular, we have to be able to fund access for everyone to have insurance coverage. There are two major mechanisms in the Finance Committee bill for paying the reform. The first is the commission to review government expenditures for healthcare services and the second is the tax on “Cadillac” health plans (another blog a few weeks back). Here is my simple message. If the lobbyist or other special interest groups eliminate or reduce these provisions (which will ultimately help pay for the reforms AND fix the current system with intelligent ideas for reducing costs), healthcare reform in this country is doomed. Reforming the system is not going to be easy and it requires a fundamental review of how we view healthcare today. To simply eliminate any chance of paying to reform the system because it would be “too difficult” is a big mistake that this country can not afford to make.