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Pass the bill

Ken Jacobs, chair, UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education | January 20, 2010

The House should act quickly and pass the Senate bill as is. They should simultaneously use the budget reconciliation process to deal with the main outstanding financial issues: improving the subsidies for lower income families, amending the excise tax on high cost plans and other changes as needed on the financing of the bill. Whatever flaws it has, the bill would expand health coverage to 31 million Americans and provide the rest of us with the security of knowing that if we lose our jobs we will still have access to health care. It would also put in place a series of measures that will help to bring down costs over the long run. In all of the discussion of the political process, we should not lose sight of the stakes.

Comments to “Pass the bill

    • What metrics are you using to say it hasn’t worked well? It has been very successful in expanding health coverage. It has not been successful in controlling costs, but none of the cost control measures included in the federal bill were in the Massachusetts legislation. They made a conscious decision to tackle access first. It is also quite popular with the voters. The Washington Post exit poll found 68 percent support.

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