Tales from the Trail

What’s next on healthcare reform? — Enroll America

Democrats are still celebrating their historic achievement on healthcare reform, but the looming question is what’s next?

For Republicans and other opponents, it’s a campaign to repeal the law and replace it with something more to their liking.

For healthcare reform advocates and industry groups, including some who opposed the legislation, it’s implementation of the new law and getting people to sign up for coverage. cr_lrg_515_Pollack

Ron Pollack of Families USA, a healthcare advocacy group, is spearheading a massive effort called “Enroll America” that will try to make enrollment for new healthcare insurance subsidies and the expanded Medicaid program go as smoothly as possible.

The effort will involve healthcare advocacy groups as well as hospitals, insurers, pharmaceutical companies, doctors and community health centers, Pollack said.

Harry and Louise switch sides in healthcare battle

They were fictional, but powerful opponents of the Clinton health plan.  Now they are joining the call for an overhaul this time around. HEALTHCARE/GRASSROOTS

Harry and Louise, the middle-class TV couple that helped kill the 1990s effort, have made a comeback in new commercials. But they’ve changed their tune.

The couple now says “it’s about time” for healthcare reform because more people are finding they can’t afford insurance. “A little more cooperation, a little less politics, and we can get the job done this time,” Louise says in the new ad.