The First Draft: attention deficit

July 24, 2009

The suspense has been suspended.

The Senate has ruled out voting on healthcare before the August recess, which puts the brakes on the momentum that President Barack Obama has tried to build.

White House enforcer Rahm Emanuel tells NPR he thinks there will be healthcare legislation by the end of the year for Obama to sign into law.


Wishing rarely makes it so in Washington, and all the pre-recess White House arm-twisting did not produce legislation before the break.

The best gauge for whether healthcare reform goes anywhere anytime soon will be the mood of lawmakers when they return from hanging out with constituents at home.

In the absence of healthcare drama, morning TV focused on the racial debate sparked by Obama commenting on the arrest of a black Harvard scholar.

A Who’s Who of the financial world headlining a 10:30 a.m. regulatory reform hearing before the House Financial Services Committee — Geithner, Bernanke, Bair among them.

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Photo credit: Reuters/Jason Reed (Obama at Ohio healthcare meeting)


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Ending subsidies for the private insurers (on reducing ER visits) and payment reform and so on could be enough to meet the goal of deficit-neutral. The Times in a July 7 editorial argued “As much as 30 percent of all health-care spending in this country—some $700 billion a year—may be wasted on tests and treatments that do not improve the health of the recipients,” .

According to a national study conducted by Weill Cornell Medical College, the cost of interaction between physician practices and health plans is roughly $31 billion annually, making up 6.9 percent of the total costs for physician and clinical services.
Medical IT SYSTEM and to create national administrative standards for billing forms and codes, as well as procedures for the approval of treatments could save time and money.

And the FBI estimates that each year financial losses due to health care fraud range from $60 billion to $226 billion.


Posted by HSR0601 | Report as abusive

Go ahead and stall. It only proves campaign contributions buy influence (both sides of the aisle). Same goes for Wall Street as for healthcare. Keep it simple. Oversee the Street (rats) and make healthcare single payer. Will it take a third party revolution to get it done? Sounds good to me, so get over yourselves and get it done. Now.

Posted by DanO | Report as abusive

Thank you Harry Reid for showing some actual leadership this time! For those of you in love with this so called “healthcare reform” I have just one question. Why do you suppose that Congress and the President have opted out of their own bill? Could it be because they know it will drastically reduce the quality and quanity of care? I hope that people come to their senses and begin to question why these bills are being pushed through Congress so fast – so fast that they don’t even read them prior to the vote!! I personally believe this President is all about power. This is the first time in my life that I actually fear the government!

Posted by TJCL | Report as abusive

harry reid is walking a tight rope ,the prospect that this bill if it is a disaster,and the democrats are held totally responsible is giving him nightmares,that is why he voted against a gun control bill.unlike pelosi who even if she grew another head and they both fell of her body would get voted in as a democrat in SF,reid is loosing in the poles.that is why the democrats are swooning over the two masquerading republicans from maine so they can in the event it is a disaster can claim it was bipartisan.

Posted by brian lee | Report as abusive

I am glad that the senate is not going to let Obama bully them into passge of this healthcare bill. Hopefully the senators will read the bill thoroughly and come back and make the right decision.

Posted by R. West | Report as abusive