July 31st, 2009
04:36 PM ET
13 years ago

Health reform: The playbook for fall

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - A lot was supposed to happen on health reform before Congress went on summer vacation. Turns out, a lot didn't. End result: The heavy lifting on health reform legislation has been pushed to the fall.

A bipartisan group of six senators from the Senate Finance Committee was supposed to unveil its health reform bill - or at least an outline. But the group couldn't resolve some outstanding issues such as how to make sure the health insurance structures they're proposing end up being affordable.

It's also unclear whether the group will release a draft before the start of the Senate summer recess next Friday. That means the full committee, to say nothing of the full Senate, won't begin to debate the proposal until the leaves start turning a lovely autumn orange.

Meanwhile, House leaders had been promising a full floor vote on health reform before the congressional recess, which begins on Saturday. But that idea was tabled once it became clear that the last of the three committees - the Energy and Commerce Committee - wouldn't report the bill out of committee until the 11th hour.

That means the full House won't take up a health reform bill before fall.

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soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. John Tiller in Dallas Texas

    They are nothing but a buch of Lazy Dogs. Why can't they work like the rest of us who are paying their salaries.


    July 31, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  2. Larry

    If a bill doesn't come back with a public option that seriously challenges private insurance companies the congressmen have wasted a lot of time.

    Anything less than a full public option is not health care reform.

    July 31, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  3. Mississippi Mike

    Epic failure. That's what category the health reform, cap-and-trade, stimulus, foreclosure prevention, military policy, and foreign relations incidents of 2009 will be filed under. Not only has Obama failed to get his most important legislation passed, the things he did accomplish have all backfired. Who in their right mind thought an inexperienced senator whose political tactics amount to nothing more than Chicago thuggery would make a good president anyway?

    July 31, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  4. Lisa, Saugus MA

    Good, maybe an earful from the folks at home will put the stops on this wild spending frenzy that we can't afford.

    Health care reform is necessary yes but not so urgent that the bill isn't read and we end up hating what is passed.

    Most people in MA hate being forced to have health insurance and believe me it isn't cheaper here than anywhere else.

    July 31, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  5. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    The playbook? I know one thing: We better win or players are getting cut from the team.

    July 31, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  6. Grrr-awful-o

    One of the hold ups is determining how to make it affordable? But wait... I thought it was going to be financially neutral? Neutral is affordable automatically, isn't it? Or the "rich" are supposed to pay for it, right? So what are worried about? I don't get it?????

    July 31, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  7. howie

    I have worked for the government for more than thirty years and I know how difficult it is to implement a small simple system. I can not imagine the difficulty it will be for this system. I don't think the Americans will have the patience to see this system to completion. I firmly beliece that this system is doomed. I hope not. In the end the democrats will take a huge hit because this will fail. If cingress passes health reform, Republicans will control congress in 2012. Look at the post office, Medicare, Medicade, and VA . All are huge failures.

    July 31, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  8. Lynne

    Is John King going to continue making State of the Union a Republican forum by rotating McCain, Boehner and McConnell for these useless softball interviews.? Is it because Democratic Senators aren't welcome or do they see it as much of a waste of time as going on to be shouted down by Lou Dobbs.

    CNN has certainly shown its bias with the biased State of the Union and with Wolf Blitzer using David Frum as a political analysit rather than as a Republican pundit.

    I would imagine Peter Jenning, Walter Kronkite and Tim Russert are sitting around a table somewhere sipping beers wondering what has happened to jounalism in America.

    July 31, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  9. Manuel Pereira

    Why dont you guys do the health care like in Europe?
    it would be so much more efficient than the way it is now.
    They take a small percent of the pay check of the workers and then when you go to the doctors you have "no co-payment" so you dont have to pay anything and medication to.
    According to my knowledge you were the ones who gave Europe this idea after World War 2..so why dont you use it for America too?
    Is that to much to do ?

    July 31, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  10. the full House won't take up a health reform bill before fall

    expectations for any bill, any kind of reform, are very low

    if any thing gets voted on, I will be surprised

    July 31, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  11. Danny, WA

    I want Sen. Dodd to queue up for his treatment for Prostate cancer. He should know how difficult it is to manage such case. Perhaps he should go to Canada or UK for treatment. This is the healthcare we will get if we do not stop it now. Obama blinded us at the time of presidential election and now he wants to blind us with his Health Care Plan. Get a life, do not destroy our country.

    July 31, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  12. Do you see how the gov't is running the Clunker program....

    Are you sure you want then to control your health plan?????

    July 31, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  13. pinbackbutton

    The only way anyone would see a fair health care package out of this wasteful spending is for all senators & and congressmen to be on our plan then I would believe it would be fair to all of us.
    Remember when they need our vote to get into office? They promised us everything now they are there getting everything they promised. But forgot about who got em there.
    What we need is 4 or 8 year term when they leave no retirement or med insurance they need to be like us!
    Now if they reach 65 they can retire like me and get medicare also, but they still need to buy their supplement, they are servant remember?

    July 31, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  14. bob in LA

    Take the politics out of this for a change- think of US.

    July 31, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  15. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    The ideological lunkheads still do not get it, in spite of all the polls, calls to congress and irritation and dissatisfaction, these nutballs are going to try to ram it through so Obama has his victory over the working people and can move us in to the marxist collective system that has failed so miserably in all but the most ugly dictatorships. The party knows best mentality reminds you of all of the worst villains in history and this will be the downfall of our country.

    July 31, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  16. alvino

    Too bad hapless Harry could not provide the same type of leadership that Pelosi did in the house.

    July 31, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  17. Lesley

    Special interest money is paying dividends and middle class Americans get the short end of the stick. This is not new. It's outrageous that these so-called "conservative" Blue Dogs who are getting millions in campaign contributions and special treatment by lobbyists and the Repubs are trying to compromise on health care at the expense of the middle class while refusing to tax corporations or wealthier Americans as well, and at the same time continuing to fund unnecessary military projects that are costing taxpayers millions of dollars for outdated programs? Compromise means picking up the slack by the middle class or low income voters. How can we get a voice in this country, will someone tell me that?

    July 31, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  18. Boston Health Reform

    I go to a well regarded family health center. 100% of the doctors in the practice are against Obama's plan. I,most Americans, do not know enough about what Obama and the Dems have in mind, but when all of the doctors in the practice say that Obama's plan will kill family practices and weaken the delivery of care, I am against it

    July 31, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  19. My 2 cents

    I'm ALMOST as tired of the political games as I am of the right-wing fear mongering & lies....

    Come on everybody – there are lives at stake here.... mine for one.

    July 31, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  20. Kevin in Ohio

    Any plan created by this inept Congress will go down in flames afetr the senators and representative face their constituents back home. Thank God.

    July 31, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  21. AntiRush

    I think that if you were to ask the American people about health care, the majority would rather that congress take their time and get it right, as opposed to doing something right away just to say that they did something. We are dealing with a very large health care system that has alot of problems. It can't be fixed overnight. Although I am sure that the Republicans will blame the President for not doing so.

    July 31, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |