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Health Care Discussions — Current State

Obama Criticizes Congressional “Process” In Crafting Healthcare Bills. In an interview on ABC World News (1/15, lead story, 6:00, Sawyer), President Obama criticized the crafting of the Congressional healthcare reform measures, admitting to “a legitimate mistake that I made in the course of the year, and that is that we had to make so many decisions quickly in a very difficult set of circumstances, that after awhile, we started worrying more about getting the policy right instead of getting the process right. … I think the healthcare debate, as it unfolded, legitimately raised concerns, not just among my opponents but also amongst supporters, that we just don’t know what’s going on. And it’s an ugly process and it looks like there are a bunch of backroom deals.”

        GOP Requests Details On White House Healthcare Talks. The Hill (1/26, Young) reports the House Energy and Commerce Committee “on Wednesday will consider a Republican measure demanding that President Barack Obama divulge details about his negotiations with healthcare interest groups.” The resolution offered by Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas) “requests the Obama administration turn over documentation of its dealings with healthcare trade associations and a labor union.” The markup “comes amid lingering distaste among lawmakers about special deals struck to advance the Senate version of healthcare reform, especially provisions in the legislation that provide more Medicaid funding for Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson’s home state of Nebraska than for any other state.”

        WSJournal: Healthcare Is No Longer Among Public’s Top Priorities. The Wall Street Journal (1/26, subscription required), in an editorial, says that a new Pew poll found that health care is now just the eighth most important “top priority” for the nation, behind the economy, jobs, terrorism, Social Security, education, Medicare and deficit reduction. The poll, according to the Journal, is evidence that the President’s declining popularity is attributable to his focus on Democrats’ reform plans. The Journal advises the President to discard existing reform legislation and begin again.

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January 26, 2010 - Posted by | Federal Government, healthcare | , ,

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