Obama reveals his health plan ahead of summit

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 23 February 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1111
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

    President Barack Obama finally revealed his health plan and posted it online on Monday morning at It builds on the bill passed by the Senate late last year.

    The Senate and House of Representatives each passed a health reform bill, but the process to reconcile and pass them stalled when the Democrats lost a crucial Senate seat last month, leaving them with only 59 votes rather than the 60 they need (BMJ 2010;340:c463, doi:10.1136/bmj.c463; 2010;340:c500, doi:10.1136/bmj.c500).

    Republicans oppose health reform, calling it a massive government takeover of health care.

    However, the president’s proposal could be passed with a simple majority of 51 votes in the Senate. The …

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