Health Care Reform Top Priority after August Recess
Congress returns to work on September 8th and the top priority will be passing heath care reform. Without Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA), Congressional Democrats will need to figure out how to keep the debate on health care reform bipartisan which they view as key to passing reform. Over the August Congressional Recess period, many Congressional members hosted contentious town hall meetings with constituents on this very issue.
The next step for health care reform in the House will be a floor vote. In the Senate, the Finance Committee continues bipartisan negotiations on their portion of the health care reform bill and is expected to release its version of health care reform within the next few days. The Finance Committee bill will be combined with the health care reform bill passed by the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee.
Both the House and Senate expect to pass their respective health care reform bills when they return from the Congressional Recess period in September. Given the outcome of many town hall meetings in August, timing for passage of health care reform could slip. The IMF will continue to keep patients, family members, health care providers and supporters apprised of the developments for U.S. health care reform. Please visit the IMF advocacy page at Advocacy Action Center to see how you can help with these and other efforts.