Monday, February 1, 2010

The People's View

I am with those who believe the Senate bill should be fixed through a reconciliation process, and I will continue to push my Senators for it.  But this cannot be an excuse for letting the underlying Senate bill wither on the vine or die.  Insisting that the reconciliation bill must not just begin but pass the Senate before the House can act is delaying health care reform, and potentially derailing it.  Besides, if anyone believes that whatever can be pushed into a reconciliation package are the only fixes this bill is ever going to need, I have a very nice bridge in Brooklyn that I would like to sell you.  The process of improving this law will begin the moment the President signs the legislation, and will most definitely not end once a reconciliation bill is also signed into law.  It is going to take much longer term commitment both for us advocates and for Congress.  So let's pass the damn bill, and commit to seeing it improve not just in reconciliation but by any means necessary in the coming years.

Posted via web from Erik Kurtz - stream of consciousness

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