Hill: Time for reform is now
Indiana 9th District Rep. Baron Hill said Tuesday he has set criteria for himself on what health care reform must include to earn his vote.
Hill was elaborating on comments he had made to both the supporters and protesters of health care reform who attended his public forum on the topic Monday night in New Albany.
To reach deficit neutrality, Hill proposed that reform model the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., where doctors are paid salaries rather than fees and where health care is considered top rate.
“The Mayo Clinic has the finest care in the country at the lowest cost, and we need to achieve that same model,” he said.
Tribune (Seymour, IN) by Brandy Emily, 09/02/09
Bill Boyne: Health care reform debate is divisive, expensive
The vicious wrangling over health care reform -- in Washington and elsewhere -- is more easily understood when you recognize that "dollars rule debate."
That fact was demonstrated in a recent report by the Center of Responsive Politics. A section of that report reads as follows:
"This week the Center of Responsive Politics reported that in the second quarter of this year alone the pharmaceutical and health product industries spent $67,959,059 on lobbying, and the insurance industry $39,760,477. Another $25,552,088 was spent by lobbyists for hospitals and nursing homes. That's a total of $133,271,660 in just three months.
People familiar with the Mayo Clinic's health care proposals know there is a way to avoid these alarming results. It is to follow the health care principles promoted by the Mayo Clinic.
Post-Bulletin, Opinion by Bill Boyne, 09/02/09
Obama Aides Aim to Simplify and Scale Back Health Bills
The New York Times
Sept. 3, 2009
President Obama plans to address a joint session of Congress next week in an effort to rally support for health care legislation as White House officials look for ways to simplify and scale back the major Democratic bills, lower the cost and drop contentious but nonessential elements.
Obama's Speech: High Risk, High Reward, Politico
Obama Relaunches Health Bid , The Wall Street Journal
President To Flesh Out His Vision In Speech, The Washington Post
Mitch McConnell: Ditching Public Option Isn't Enough
Sept. 3, 2009
President Obama may be signaling that he's willing to drop the public option from his health care overhaul effort, but don't expect Republicans to jump on the reform bandwagon just yet.
Opinion: Climbing the Hill on Health Care
The Wall Street Journal
Sept. 2, 2009
Tom Daschle says Democrats will pursue reform with or without Republican support.