Health Care Reform Update, March 2010
This week, Congress continued to push forward towards the goal of completing health care reform. Congressional Democratic leaders are attempting to move forward using the simple majority process known as "reconciliation" and are expected to release a package of amendments that would first move through the House Budget and Rules Committee before coming to the House floor for a vote. However, many House members are hesitant to vote on the package before gaining assurance from the Senate that they will also pass the package.
On March 11, 2010, the Congressional Budget Office released an updated version of their score for the Senate-passed healthcare reform measure finding that the bill would reduce federal deficits by $118 billion between from 2010 through 2019. CBO said that the new score differs from their December 19, 2010 estimate because it accounts for all of the amendments adopted by the Senate throughout the course of their debate, reflects a new expected enactment date and "incorporates some technical revisions." (Powers, Pyles, Sutter & Verville, PC)
BIAA will continue to monitor the situation closely and alert grassroots if action becomes necessary.