Grassley’s Prediction: Health Reform Legislation To Face Final Vote In November
Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said Monday that legislation to overhaul the nation's health care system is likely to face a final vote in the middle of November, the Hill reports (O'Brien, 8/3).
Radio Iowa: Grassley said, "If we get a bill on the senate floor by the third or fourth week of September, it's probably going to take two weeks. Probably take a month to negotiate the difference between the house and senate provisions, so I would suggest the middle of November." Grassley is "among a group of six senators on the Senate Finance Committee who are working behind closed doors to try to hammer out a compromise." He called health care a "life or death issue for every American." He also urged caution going forward. "I think that's why, both in the house and the senate, you've seen things slow down a bit because people are beginning to realize that this isn't something that can be treated casually like a lot of pieces of legislation are treated" (Henderson, 8/3).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.