Yesterday's newspapers were full of political pundits’ comments and editorials discussing the president’s address Wednesday to a Joint Session of Congress. While a collective opinion about the speech’s effectiveness has yet to unfold, there do appear to be a few themes.
In sum, it appears that President Obama gave his best speech yet on the importance of health reform and may have succeeded in rallying Democrats, but he seems to have come up short on the policy platforms that Congress may need to move forward.
Also making news recently has been the reception the three most prominent health care reform bills in that Congress is considering. A summary of these bills can be viewed here. Next week, the Senate Finance Committee will release its proposal and move ahead with a mark up on the legislation the following week, clearing way for health care reform to be debated on the Senate floor as soon as the end of this month.
RILA's Health and Employee Benefits Committee will meet on Monday, September 14, to formulate the retail industry's response to current potential legislation. RILA continues to be an active voice in this debate and we are committed to representing the retail industry’s effectively while protecting and promoting the great work our members have done to expand coverage and reduce costs for both employees and consumers.
For more information or to participate on the committee, please contact Sarah Arbes, vice president of government affairs, at email@example.com.