From press conferences, interviews, and events in Washington, D.C.
Senate Democrats are preparing to give the President an early Christmas present– passage of health reform legislation. A vote is scheduled for Christmas Eve and it appears that Democrats have the votes to pass the bill. It’s been a tough road. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D- Nev.) has been working to strike a delicate balance that keeps the most liberal and conservative members in his caucus on board to pass the bill. Meanwhile Republicans have been trying mightily to slow down the process. The health reform bill under debate in the Senate doesn’t include a permanent Medicare pay fix for physicians, but amid all the horse-trading lawmakers did find time avert the scheduled 21% pay cut at least for two months.
Hear about these and other health reform details in this week’s edition of the Policy & Practice Podcast. We’re here on the EGMN blog and on iTunes. Check us out and share your thoughts.
— Mary Ellen Schneider (on Twitter @MaryEllenNY).