Republicans and health care reform opponents alike are celebrating the victory of Scott Brown, the winner in the Massachusetts election to take over the late Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat. Brown, who has already expressed opposition for the healthcare reform bill, will take another vote away from the Democratic majority, making the bill susceptible to filibuster.
With the healthcare reform bill in its final stages, Democrats are worried about the potential of the bill failing altogether and have been working to figure out ways to speed up its passage. There has been discussion of pushing the bill through as is; to put it in the hands of President Obama, a public supporter of the plan. But many supporters of public health care are hesitant to vote for the bill in its current state, and feel work still needs to be done. The process of “reconciliation” has also been tossed around, a tactic that would allow Democrats to modify parts of the healthcare plan with only a majority vote.
If approved, the healthcare reform bill would offer a public healthcare option to the uninsured. The government funded option would compete with private insurance plans, with the goal to ultimately insure every American. While the bill would not affect elective plastic surgery procedures offered at Atlanta Plastic Surgery, it would affect “insurance-covered” procedures such as breast reconstruction and correction of cleft lip/palate.
Since the introduction of government funded healthcare, there has been debate surrounding whether government should or should not have a role in the medical field and controversy surrounding the source of funding for the plan. One such controversy directly dealt with the plastic surgery industry: the proposal of a 10 percent excise tax on cosmetic surgery procedures. This proposed tax has since been thrown out of the health care reform bill, partially due to opposition from the medical community.
With the fate of the healthcare reform bill currently in limbo, we will continue to keep you abreast of any new information that may affect you and Atlanta Plastic Surgery.