THE QUESTION

Starting small: good strategy or political show?

In a Feb. 2 conference call, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi talked about starting small. She indicated she wants the House to vote on elements of health-care reform, such as repeal of McCarran-Ferguson Act, which exempts insurance companies from antitrust laws. Is this a smart strategy or just political show?

Posted by Ceci Connolly on February 4, 2010 4:03 PM
FROM THE PANEL

Back to square one?

While a small bill approach may be politically palatable, the best policy outcome for people affected by cancer would be passing a comprehensive health care reform bill.

Posted by Doug Ulman, on February 5, 2010 2:30 PM

Small step for Nancy, big step for reform

Even so, health-care reform is more than just an important issue in America right now; it's a necessity. If taking small steps is the only way to get there, then it's time to take the first one.

Posted by Kathy-Ellen Kups, on February 5, 2010 8:57 AM

First insure those in need!

Starting small may help in the regulation of insurance companies, but it does not do enough for the millions of Americans currently living without health care.

Posted by Angela Glover Blackwell, on February 4, 2010 11:27 AM

Require insurance; reform Medicare

Only the requirement that everyone carry insurance will allow lower prices for everyone. Starting small could work but the first thing would be to reform Medicare to ensure the right care at the right time for a condition requiring that care.

Posted by Mary O'Neil Mundinger, on February 4, 2010 9:52 AM

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