March 19, 2010
By Ed Hornick, What happens if health care reform dies? , CNN, March 18, 2010 12:33 p.m. EDTPresident Obama told Congress that doing nothing is not an option. Also democratic leaders are facing an uphill battle in convincing some of their own members topush the legislation forward, and they are hoping to pass health care reform bill this week.
Whether or not the bill is passed, Republicans havethreatened to use it against Democratic opponents, noting its cost and effect on the deficit.
Obama said that Americans "cannot have a system that works betterfor the insurance companies than it does for the American people."
However Obama faces several hurdles that could derail passage. President Clinton facedsimilar health care reform setback in his first term. Bill Clinton had made health care reform one of his 1992 presidential campaign promises, during theiradministration, conservatives, Republicans and health industry officials ramped up their opposition to the plan, often called "Hillarycare." Their effortshelped defeat the bill.
Republicans also used the health care plan in their 1994 midterm election efforts. Democratic divisions and high voter turnout thatyear, observers have noted, led to Republicans taking control of Congress.
In my opinion this health care reform is very important because a lot of peopleneed it, but it’s not easy to approve it, because some politicians had another interest; but I hope that this project work to help the American people.