Let me be clear: Had I been a member of Congress, I would have pressed the “yes” lever for the health reform bill when it came down to the vote for final passage. It was incredibly important that we start somewhere to make health care accessible and affordable to all Americans. And we can celebrate, as Ms. magazine recounts in “What the Health Care Bill Means for Women,” that contraceptives will be covered, gender rating that discriminates against women has been eliminated and preventive services such as pap smears will be covered without co-pay under the new plan.
But sometimes when you win, you lose.
Any political or business strategist knows that half the task in winning a contentious policy debate is controlling the terms of that debate. Since health care reform is arguably the most contentious domestic policy debate confronting Pres. Barack Obama, it's not surprising that the White House tried to make the most of yesterday's pledge by health care industry leaders to cut health care spending growth by 1.5% annually over the next ten years.
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