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Coming to a Considered Solution

Editor’s note: We need to work for a sustainable solution. One that enables access, contains cost to the general rise in inflation and delivers quality care. In order to do that we need to engage all of the stakeholders and take the time necessary to get there.

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WASHINGTON — As President Obama began a new push to overhaul the health system, Democratic Congressional leaders, bowing to unease among lawmakers and governors in their own party, on Monday suggested scaling back a plan to tax top earners to pay for the sweeping legislation and signaled a retreat from their ambitious timetable.

But rather than repeating his demand that each chamber of Congress pass a health care bill before the August break, Mr. Obama emphasized the need to reach a final agreement by the end of the year. “So let’s fight our way through the politics of the moment,” he said. “Let’s pass reform by the end of this year.”

Even as Mr. Obama sought to answer critics, the Mayo Clinic, cited by the president and lawmakers of both parties as a model, criticized the House health care bill on Monday, saying, “The legislation misses the opportunity to help create higher-quality, more affordable health care for patients.”

Some of the sharpest criticism seemed to come from the Mayo Clinic, which has endorsed efforts to overhaul the health care system.

“Unless legislators create payment systems that pay for good patient results at reasonable costs, the promise of transformation in American health care will wither,” the clinic said.

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July 21, 2009 - Posted by | Federal Government, Health care delivery, healthcare | , , ,

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