An elaborate White House signing ceremony today kicks off the next act in health reform — selling the sweeping changes to a skeptical public, Associated Press writes.
Well, if Monday’s Biz Beat blog is any indication, President Barack Obama has a lot of work to do.
There were about 1,300 comments on a blog item Monday that asked for your opinion of health reform. That was, by far, the most comments this blog has received on any topic.
The issue will not be going away.
Act II begins Thursday, AP writes, when Obama visits Iowa City, Iowa, where as a presidential candidate he announced his health care plan in May 2007, to talk about how it will help lower health care costs for small businesses and families.
Republicans, meanwhile, remain united in opposition to Obama’s redesign of the health care system, which they criticized as an unwarranted government takeover and pledged to repeal it. They plan to offer scores of amendments in the Senate to slow or change the House fixes to the legislation.
Senate Democrats hope to approve the measure as written and send it directly to Obama for his signature.
Within six months of enactment of the bill — or by the end of September — consumers should notice some changes, AP writes. Among them, insurers would be required to keep young adults as beneficiaries on their parents’ health plans until they turn 26, and insurance companies would no longer be allowed to deny coverage to sick children.
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