It's not over until it's over

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					                                                                                                                 FEBRUARY 2010 • VOL. 24, NO. 2

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    When sweeping new health care reform is finally signed into law by President                                             

Obama (I’m guessing mid-February), how sweeping will this bill be and who                                        STAFF
wins and losses as a result?                                                                                                 Amy Schwandt Publisher
    For the record, I’m definitely in favor of all Americans having access to quality                                       Greg Udelhofen Editor
health care under the new bill. It was and still is the primary reason for initiating                                              
health care reform. Rich or poor, employed or unemployed, health care, like food,                                              Lisa Cleaver Managing Editor
should be available to all. There is no reason why anybody should be denied this
                                                                                                                                Kayla White Graphic Designer
basic life essential. If you’re sick or hurt, you should be able to receive medical                                             Patti Brown Production Services Representative
care, regardless of your circumstances.                                                                                         Steve Swick Production Manager
    Okay, I’ll get off my soapbox and continue the discussion on whether or not                                               Christine Gess Group Audience Development Manager
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                        this will truly be the sweeping reform originally intended.
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                        The answer is no, but then again when has any major legis-                                                 
                        lative reform achieved the idealistic goals intended?                                                Ryan Mountain Classified Sales
                            The “public option” of health care was a real sticking                               ADVERTISING SALES
                        point and has since morphed into discussions on how to                                              Jill Draeger
                                                                                                                          Tammy Jefson
                        manage a general insurance exchange system designed to
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                        offer affordable health care coverage for the estimated 50                                           Tom Lutzke
                        million Americans currently uninsured.                                                           Ryan Mountain
                            Another real sticking point of employer responsibility to                                     Amy Schwandt
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provide coverage or pay a $750 per employee excise tax once again fueled debate                                      Brandon Williamson
in early January when it was discovered that labor unions in the construction                                            Debbie George
industry lobbied to have a provisional amendment added to the Senate version                                   
Description: This is only one of many behind-the-scenes debates which will significantly impact the business landscape in this country. This particular 'minor provisional amendment' is not about forcing contractors to provide health insurance coverage to their employees, but rather singling out one specific industry. I don't know if it will make it to the final draft, but if it's the right thing to do than do it across the board with all industry segments.
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