Many of us at Health Access made in through the sleet and cold in DC this week to attend the Families USA conference. On Thursday, the most interesting remarks were by Republican Senator Chuck Grassley, and Democratic Congressman Henry Waxman of California. We’ll post a fuller report later, but other bloggers have their impressions, from Sarah Arnquist at The Health Care Blog, and Jonathan Cohn at The New Republic’s The Treatment.
My initial take is that many, from House Energy and Commerce Chairman Waxman to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer to Senator Debbie Stabenow, to many other top staff and organization leaders, repeated a similar mantra: “This is our moment,” “This is the year,” etc. But it was repeated so much it was as if people don’t quite believe it. And we all recognize the major obstacles and difficulties, the contours of the rocky shoals on which previous reform efforts have been marooned.
Another clear case that hass been made, in different ways by different people, is that the economic crisis is not an excuse to not do health reform; in contrast, we cannot have a sustainable economic recovery without health reform.
More to come…