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Health Reform Notes: Government Compromise And Authority

05/24/11

  12:15:44 pm, by MedBen5   , 295 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Health Reform Notes: Government Compromise And Authority

There are no big news stories on the health care reform radar at the moment, but a couple of related items peaked our interest:

  • Several top congressional Republican have bandied about the “C’ word – compromise – in regard to controlling health care costs, Reuters reports. Representative Paul Ryan, who introduced a budget plan that would partially privatize Medicare, said he would be said he would “absolutely” be willing to negotiate with Democrats. And Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, who does not support Ryan’s proposal, indicated that definitive cost control measures would likely come from multiple sources.

    On the other side of the aisle, Democratic Representative Chris Van Hollen said that rather than scaling back patient benefits, health care savings could be derived in part from lowering the price the government pays for prescription drugs. He added that tax increases would also be necessary to bring down the national debt – a possibility McConnell doesn’t rule out, either.

  • Medical News Today reports on findings from a new Commonwealth Fund/Modern Healthcare Health Care Opinion Leaders Survey. Asked about the relative authority states and the federal government should have in implementing reform, 82% of health care policy experts think that states should be able to implement key provisions of the Affordable Care Act prior to the existing timelines. This would include such major components as health insurance exchanges and expanding Medicaid eligibility.

    Health opinion leaders also believe, 41% to 25%, that federal government should have more authority than states in reform decisions, while 29% say the current balance between state and federal roles is appropriate. Additionally, 49% feel states should have the ability to implement their own reform strategies as long as they achieve the same results as the federal government, while 32% are against the idea and 18% neither support or oppose it.

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