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Health Care Reform: Missouri Advocates Keep the Pressure On

July 24, 2009

Jefferson City, MO - Despite complaints the health care reform process is moving too quickly, Missouri advocates for reform say there's no time to slow down. President Barack Obama has already acknowledged that his summer recess deadline for health reform likely won't be met, in part because of complaints in Congress that there's not enough time for to make informed decisions.

But, Andrea Routh, executive director for the Missouri Health Advocacy Alliance, says many of the plan's ideas, such as guaranteed and affordable coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, shouldn't be worrying critics since they aren't new.

"They're not particularly ideas that people haven't had time to think about or consider what the impact would be. These are ideas for reforming a broken health care system that have been around for quite a while."

The longer the process takes, Routh fears some of the support from groups such as AARP, AMA and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America will decline.

"More than ever before, there are businesses and providers saying we do need to do something about this and it's time."

With the Senate saying there's no hope for a vote this summer, the president's new goal is to get a bill passed before year's end.

Heather Claybrook, Public News Service - MO