From interviews, press conferences, and events in Washington, D.C.
Democratic negotiators from the House, the Senate, and the White House are rolling up their sleeves this week in an effort to hammer out the final compromises needed to pass health reform.
Last week they took a big step toward speeding final passage when Democratic leaders announced that they would skip the formal House-Senate conference committee process normally used to reconcile differences between two versions a bill. Instead, the Democrats will hold informal negotiations, figure out what has the best chance of passage, and push those changes through the House. That bill then will have to be passed by the Senate too. The goal is to wrap up health reform before the President goes before Congress to deliver his State of the Union speech.
Hear about all of this … plus details on how the poor economy is affecting health spending and the impact of proposed health exchanges … in this week’s edition of the Policy & Practice Podcast.
Check back next Monday for more of the latest news on health reform.
—Mary Ellen Schneider (on Twitter @MaryEllenNY)