What should the president include/have included in his health reform proposal? Is it/will it be a game changer or have we seen this all before? What impact will it have on the likelihood of passing health reform this year?
Many critics and even supporters have long asked, “what are the president’s specific ideas on health reform?” He praised the House bill when it passed in November; he praised the Senate bill when it was passed on Christmas Eve. For nearly a year, the president has tried to stay above the fray and avoid being pinned down to any specific proposal. He has chosen instead to promote general ideas and set general goals of what the legislation should achieve: lower costs, expand coverage, and not increase the deficit.
It appears that those generalities are about to change. The White House has pledged that it will release its own health reform plan, perhaps even a legislative proposal, in advance of the summit on Feb. 25th. Some have indicated that the president would like to make his proposal the starting point of the discussions at the summit.
As details emerge about what the president is specifically for, what do you think?