Weighing The Odds Of National Health Reform

A number of health care experts assess the chances of President Obama and Congress enacting a revamped health industry overhaul. These analyses, pulled together by Kaiser Health News, include an historical look at reform attempts in the mid-1990s under President Clinton, as well as Obama's direct plea to Republicans on a YouTube-sponsored Q&A to keep negotiations moving forward. The Wall Street Journal quotes Obama saying:

"We had this enormous opportunity, but the way the rules work in the United States Senate, you've got to have 60 votes for everything. After the special election in Massachusetts, we now only have 59. We are calling on our Republican colleagues to get behind a serious health reform bill, one that actually provides not only the insurance reforms for people who do have health insurance but also the coverage for folks who don't. My hope is, is that they accept that invitation and that they work with us together over the next several weeks to get it done."

This program aired on February 2, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.


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