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Senate Approves Health Reform Bill; What’s Next?

December 24th, 2009

On the morning of Christmas Eve, the Senate voted 60-39 along partisan lines to pass the Senate health reform bill. Now legislators can head home for the recess break. However, the hard work of reconciliation between House and Senate versions of health reform bills remains. At Health Affairs Blog, we’ve invited analysts, economists, political scientists and others from a range of political viewpoints to weigh in on the politics, the process, the impact, and what’s next.  Washington and Lee University law professor Tim Jost has provided a major series of posts analyzing the House, Senate, and revised Senate health reform bills. Today, Stuart Butler of the Heritage Foundation offers his views on the “pyrrhic victory” and the partisanship that was needed to get to today’s Senate vote.

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  1. Dr. M.Z.Younis Says:

    Congress may have passed legislation for American healthcare with the wrong legislation for the right reason. The Senate passing the “health insurance reform” will be claimed, and rightly so, as a political victory. Maybe the political reality prevented the President from pressing for real health care reform. However, from an academic and practical point of view, the bill will increase the revenue for health insurance firms with negligible improvement in the life of the American people.
    What America does with healthcare is of great interest globally. As I presented at the Challenges in Healthcare Conference, hosted by the Dubai School of Government, mandating health insurance would not necessary improve access or quality of health care. Middle and low income populations will still lack access and/or treatment delays due to their high deductibles, co-payments and the affordability of drugs. In addition, other factors are important such as the availability of reliable health facilities and reliable public transportation to such facilities. The current healthcare bill could be a step in the right direction if it treats health insurance as a “public utility,” or remove the health insurance mandate, and give Americans the choice of joining either public or private insurance.

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