After months of debate, setbacks and compromises, President Obama may get one step closer to signing the historic Health Care Reform Bill into final legislation on Sunday March 21 2010. Intense last minute lobbying is being carried out by the Democrats, with President Obama’s backing, to try to ensure the successful 216 votes needed on Sunday to pass the revised Health Care Reform Bill, of 153 pages of revisions, into the final stages. The final stumbling block surrounds Medicare, although earlier disputes have involved predominant women’s issues such as abortion.
The Health Care Reform Bill from House vote to Senate vote
The initial draft of the Health Care Reform Bill barely made it through a close House and Senate vote to pass the bill to the floor for debate. Major organizations, such as the AARP, backed the initial vote on the Health Care Reform Bill and, just yesterday, both the AARP and the American Medical Association endorsed the final overhaul of the bill to be voted on Sunday.
The cost of the Health Care Reform Bill to Americans
The cost of the Health Care Reform Bill, if successfully implemented, is estimated to be $940 billion over 10 years; however, the bill is supposed to expand health care to 32 million uninsured Americans. By 2014, the majority of Americans will be expected to purchase health insurance or face penalties for not doing so.
Is Health Care Reform wanted by Americans?
Despite continued lobbying by the Democrats to push the bill through, it still appears that the majority of Americans are not convinced; the latest Rasmussen Report, released Monday March 15 2010, indicates that 53 per cent of Americans continue to oppose the Health Care Reform Bill.
Health Care Reform Bill – what it means for women
If the Health Care Reform Bill does eventually pass, women’s issues included in the bill include issues surrounding abortion, preventative health care measures and the availability of insurance to women. Sunday March 21 2010 may mark a historic change in America’s health care system.