In the past, the greatest resistance to change came from health care interest groups to health care: doctors, insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies. This time is different. There was considerable grumbling in the medical establishment, but the Democrats are catching up "threat to one of these groups," said Paul Starr, a professor at Princeton University, the Pulitzer Prize for his book on Health History: The Social Transformation of American Medicine.
Subsequently he was involved in the creation of the Clinton Health Plan. Starr spoke yesterday to about 70 lawyers and Widener University Law School and students of the Union League. Then he spoke with Witter. This time, a group unmollified remains, and that the Republican Party, "he said. The battle was to govern a test for the ability of the Democrats, too. "
While Starr has told the country that has talked about improving health care for many decades, "closer than ever before, there is the reform" would not guess if Congress could pass a law yet. "It is only a few senators, he said." There is no way anyone can predict what will. There was a time when many changes in the House and Senate bills would be considered as health, Republicans, or at least the ideas of both parties, "said Starr.
At the time of Harry S. Truman, he said, Democrats favor a single - payer. The current approach is closer to what President Nixon's Watergate has marginalized his plans. He called for universal coverage through a combination of government and employers based insurance. Starr said he had just started reading the 2074-page bill in the Senate. He "was struck by the fact that he called on Congress to purchase insurance with individuals and small staff, through the new insurance markets.