Provisions[ edit ] First Lady Hillary Clinton at her presentation on health care in September According to an address to Congress by then-President Bill Clinton on September 22,the proposed bill would provide a "health care security card" to every citizen that would irrevocably entitle him or her to medical treatment and preventative services, including for pre-existing conditions.
Failure to coalesce Many observers noted that instead of coming together around the plan developed by Hillary Clinton and White House staffers, Democrats instead offered up a number of alternative proposals.
Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell D-Maine declared the last of such plans dead -- and along with it, the Clintons' reform efforts -- in September President Obama, cheerleader in chief Literally from his first moment in office, President Obama set the tone for his entire reform effort.
In his inaugural address, Obama said that "there is work to be done" on health care. Soon after, administration officials said they "plan to move fast" on efforts to "overhaul the health care system. Obama stays hands off President Obama makes it clear that he wants reform but will not be leading the effort, instead leaving it up to lawmakers to develop the plan.
This frees him to put out fires along the way, instead of being the architect of the plan. Insurers buy in America's Health Insurance Plans President and CEO Karen Ignagni said members would concede to greater government regulation, as the industry works to prevent the creation of a government-run health plan that could threaten their business.
CBO inwhen lawmakers were considering the Clinton administration's health reform proposal, concluded that a proposed requirement that employers and employees make payments into government-run insurance pools would constitute a form of taxation and a major expansion of the federal government.
Governors concerned about Medicaid expansion Some governors attempted to scale back or eliminate provisions in the Senate and the House versions of reform legislation to expand Medicaid to provide health care coverage to the uninsured.
Maintaining the provision helped the Obama administration get the law passed -- by bumping up the percentage of U. While opponents did it more vociferously, the fact that proponents of the law were still standing after the break gave them the resolve to press on.
Death to "death panels" The Senate Finance Committee eliminated a provision that would reimburse physicians for consultations with Medicare beneficiaries on end-of-life care.
The committee is dropping the provision after opponents of health reform cast it as the start of "death panels" that would encourage euthanasia.
Democrats' willingness to eliminate the provision demonstrated that, even in the face of misinformation, they were willing to do whatever it took to move reform legislation forward. Another concession The Obama administration signaled that it was willing to drop a public option from the reform plan.
A public plan was hugely popular with liberal voters and lawmakers, but Republicans despised the idea and panned it as an unnecessary expansion of government.
Ted Kennedy dies The death of Ted Kennedy marked a significant blow to Democrats' efforts to pass reform legislation. However, because of their previous work on reconciliation, overhaul supporters were able to overcome the loss of Kennedy's vote. Further, some observers say the death of Kennedy -- who had been a long time supporter of overhauling the U.
The report served to demonstrate the necessity of reforming the system. Leaving things out Although lawmakers from both sides acknowledged the need to permanently fix the formula that determines Medicare physician reimbursement rates, Democrats decided to leave such a fix out of the final health reform legislation.
Stockholm syndrome Although the health insurance industry must have been tired of being the scapegoat, the lure of millions of additional customers kept it supporting the reform effort.In November, , Sen. John Chafee, R-R.I., introduced what was considered to be one of the main Republican health overhaul proposals: “A bill to provide comprehensive reform of the health care.
During his presidential campaign, Bill Clinton had targeted health-care reform as a top priority. After the election, health policy experts on his transition team fleshed out his approach.
Bill Clinton on Health Care; Political pundits. Bill Clinton on Health Care The Clintons' plan was nothing revolutionary. The idea was just to make health care universal, make it affordable, make it more competitive, and improve the quality.
we need reliable information on the quality of health care delivered by health plans and. Oct 28, · Archives | CLINTON'S HEALTH PLAN: Mr. Clinton's vision of health care overhaul, blending free-market competition with Federal regulation, . The Need for a National Health Care Plan in the United States Working in the health care industry for the past thirty years has permitted me to gain first hand, up close and personal knowledge of the health care system in our country.
On September 22, , Bill Clinton proposed the most sweeping Big Government program in fifty years-- a 1, page bill for socializing America's health care system. The plan was born after months of planning by no other than Hillary Clinton, Ira Magaziner, and a hand-picked task force they created.