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American Opinion: On the health care reform process

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American Opinion: On the health care reform process
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An excerpt from recent editorials in newspapers in the United States:

On the health care reform process:

Why the big rush, President Obama? Surely you're familiar with the old adage that haste makes waste.

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Most Americans support the idea of health care reform, but a solid majority would certainly agree that it is far more important to get it done right than to get done in record time. Health care, after all, constitutes a significant slice of our total economy. ...

It can't have gone unnoticed by the president and speaker that last week the chief fiscal watchdog for Congress, Douglas Elmendorf, director of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, warned that the proposals under consideration would not only fail to control costs, but could also worsen the reality of accelerating medical spending. ...

Americans should be concerned at the overreaching government role envisioned by the pro-posals now before Congress. Think FEMA and its sometimes lackluster efforts at hurricane relief and this concern has a sound basis. ...

It is also a matter of concern that medical tort reform to reduce frivolous lawsuits that drive costs as doctors practice more defensive medicine is not being seriously considered. Obama paid only lip service to the concept when he addressed a gathering of physicians. ...

Late last week, President Obama and Senate Majority Leader acknowledged that the Senate will not meet the President's deadline for a vote on overhauling health care.

A more deliberate process coupled with feedback from constituents over the summer recess can only be beneficial.

Deadlines should be flexible if needed.

-- Daily News, Bowling Green, Ky.

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