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Sunday, March 22, 2009

The Voice of Change in the Medical Care Debate

The Workers' Compensation industry  appears to lack a meaningful voice in the US health care legislative debate. As the interested parties are being tapped by a coalition of Senate leadership for support, the fractionalized workers' compensation industry remains on the sidelines waiting for the opportunity to be asked to dance at the party.

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation reports that Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass) and a core group of other Senators, including Republicans, have formed a coalition to craft health care legislation. The legislation will be introduced before the August recess.

Based on a report from CongressDaily, it appears that the Senators are forming a coalition of strategic partners  with a variety of economic positions. The target is the introduction of a single bipartisan health care bill. 

This is consistent with reports appearing in The Hill which reflect that a conciliatory approach is being followed by the Obama Administration and the legislative leadership. This creates a very uneasy position for the traditional Republican leadership and the traditional lobbying groups.

The workers' compensation industry now consists of a broad and fractionalized group of stakeholders. They seek  individual economic survival in the current frantic and fearful economy. Their adverse interests have been a huge factor in the expansion of the administrative process and increasing stagnation within the present system. 

As the individual stakeholders find that their interests are being represented individually in a new and non-traditional setting, the need for their economic survival will over power the existing organizational lobbying effort. That lobbying effort was very successful in past decades to defeat legislative initiatives for a universal health care system.

Should this new legislative strategy advance and succeed, the voices of the past will be silenced. The transformation process has already commenced. Public opinion surveys report a majority of Americans want change. It is that voice that will govern the legislative process. This occurred in the  non-partisan outrage over AIG bonuses.  In the end, the process will be successful, for after all, we are a county of " The People,"and it  is their voice that will be the voice of change.



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