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.