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Health Care Reform - Most likely will not become law until 2010 If At All

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

As reported in an earlier article, it does appear as if President Obama's deadline for enactment of health care reform most likely will not take place by the end of the year, as reported by Illinois' Dick Durbin, the second-highest ranking Democrat in the Senate. Even if the Senate manages to pass a bill, then there must be a congressional conference committee that would take in consideration passed proposals from both the House and the Senate, and a final vote would take place for approval from each chamber. After this has been completed, the bill will reach President Obama's desk to be signed into law.
In the past, President Clinton tried to overhaul health care in the early 1990's, and that is considered one of the reasons the GOP takeover in Congress happened during the 1994 midterm elections. So now guess what. It looks as if it may be a repeat, as midterm elections will be taking place, and many governorships will be on the line in that year, 2010. There should be allot of debates in order before a combined bill that can be presented to the President will surface. This is very unfortunate for President Obama, as he still vows to fight for the Health Reform plan that has already passed the House, and hopefully soon in the Senate.
To show his dedication and support for President Obama and the need to pass a Health Care Reform bill, President Clinton is actively pushing for health care reform and has recently arrived on Capitol Hill, trying to convince Senators to not stall and prepare to vote.
The time line of events concerning the road the health care bill is taking is playing right into the hands of the conservative movement. The longer the bill gets stalled and the more people think about health care reform, the better chance the bill has to fail. It is already known that most Republicans would never vote for such a bill, especially if it may put their future jobs on the line. The failure of such a bill would help revive the conservative movement, and possibly give Republicans a chance to regain the White House as soon as 2012.
No doubt this vote on health care is crucial, but President Obama is putting his future as President on the line, as he sticks up for his beliefs regarding health care.  President Obama's popularity has been noticeably down, but that doesn't stop him in making the decisions he must make.


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