Harold Pollack

Harold Pollack

Harold Pollack is Helen Ross Professor in the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago and faculty chair of the Center for Health Administration Studies.

Chin up and get this done

At one of many low moments of World War II, a breathless young aide barged in on Winston Churchill to report bad news. Churchill responded: "I've heard worse." That's the resilience Democrats need this week.

Democrats lost their filibuster-proof Senate majority, but this should not undo their tremendous achievement in passing a landmark bill through both houses of Congress. We need to settle our nerves here. From the perspective of both politics and policy, the smartest course is for the House to pass the Senate bill, and then to use the reconciliation process to fix the bill's major shortcomings.

So chin up everyone, and let's get this done. By the way, I'm not the only one saying this. As you can see by clicking here, this is the consensus of most key figures in the health policy community.

By Harold Pollack  |  January 22, 2010; 12:19 PM ET  | Category:  Leadership , Politics Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Wrong. I especially liked your list of important, influential people that want to endorse this hoax of a bill. LMFAO.

Here's a newsflash: every single individual citizen - including those too young to vote - are the most important and influential.

Posted by: easttxisfreaky | January 25, 2010 7:14 PM
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NEW: Health Care Mandates are Constitutional? Not Even Close

“The claim that the Founding Fathers would have thought the Constitution allows Congress to impose health care mandates is little short of absurd."
--Rob Natelson, Professor of Constitutional Law, Legal History, and Advanced Constitutional Law


Our elected representatives could fix 90 percent of the problems with health insurance by ending the federal law allowing states to ban health insurance sales across state lines.

If we had a free market in health insurance, it would be inexpensive and easy to buy insurance for "pre-existing" conditions before they exist. The vast majority of "pre-existing" conditions that currently exist in a cramped, limited, heavily regulated insurance market would be "covered" conditions under a free market in health insurance.

Posted by: AJAX2 | January 25, 2010 10:20 AM
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