Ken's Project Blog

October 14, 2010

Looking foward, a look back

Filed under: Uncategorized — Ken @ 1:46 pm

I found this article while searching for something else related to HealthCare Reform, as we look forward to the Nov. 2nd elections, I think it’s interesting to see how the Democrats vision for relying on HealthCare Reform for easy re-elections in the upcoming mid-term looked five months back:

SELLING HEALTH CARE – White House officials on Tuesday night went to Capitol Hill to tout their early progress on implementing the health care overhaul and talk about how members can sell it back home. The message: focus on the early roll-out of tangible benefits and, if all goes as planned, win over a skeptical public more than any rhetoric could. Nancy-Ann DeParle and Stephanie Cutter, from the White House Office of Health Reform, briefed the House Democratic Caucus on the soon-to-be implemented reforms. They focused the conversation on consumer-friendly provisions, including extending coverage for dependents through age 26, implementing high-risk pools for Americans with pre-existing conditions and supplementing insurance for early retirees. The programs all have one thing in common: they set a foundation for Democrats to build a strong entitlement program—one that, once implemented, history suggests will be difficult to knock back. Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) also showed lawmakers a new health reform calculator that they could put on their websites, which would allow constituents to see how the new law would impact them. POLITICO story

The entire article is interesting – take a look back and compare what’s going on today versus their optimistic plans just five months ago. Politico Story

Also interestingly, it seems Rep. Waxman is choosing to not include his calculator on any web sites associated with his re-election, as far as I can tell (google searches for ‘waxman “health reform calculator”‘ only turn up press releases from back in May. There is a 99 cent iPhone/iPad app from Beaver Creek Consulting listed at the Apple Apps store…


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