Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Hooray for Obama (Almost)

Despite the many ridiculous things Obama has done in the past year, he does something right every so often. While it may just be motivated by politics, his recent letter to congress about health care reform is a step in the right direction. This article by the Huffington Post explains

"[H]e called for four distinct Republican proposals to be considered in the final package:

1. Engaging "medical professionals to conduct random undercover investigations of health care providers that receive reimbursements from Medicare, Medicaid, and other Federal programs."

2. An additional $50 million in funding to states "for demonstrations of alternatives to resolving medical malpractice disputes, including health courts."

3. Additional funds for Medicaid reimbursements to doctors to correct the problem that those reimbursements are currently "inadequate in many states."

4. An expansion of Health Savings Accounts (HSAs)."

If congress takes these changes seriously, I think we would have a good bill on our hands that I would be excited to see pass. Let's hope congress can make it work.

Unfortunately, I assume that reconciliation will have to fail first because these seem like big changes and congress may not go for them unless they have to.

I had to add the "almost" because I just realized that the senate bill does not have the prohibition on abortion funding. But I think we can still celebrate because (unless pro-life democrats change their minds) a bill without this limitation can't even garner enough democratic support in the house.