July 22, 2009

Sen. Tom Harkin (D,Ia) just wants us to be happy.
From the desk of Comrade Harkin

We also have to change the health care system itself, beginning with a sharp new emphasis on prevention and public health.We also have to realize that wellness and prevention must be truly comprehensive.

It is not only about what goes on in a doctor’s office. It encompasses workplace
wellness programs, community-wide wellness programs, building bike paths and walking trails, getting junk food out of our schools, making school breakfasts and lunches more nutritious, increasing the amount of physical activity our children get, and so much more...

Comprehensive health reform legislation is our opportunity to change the paradigm. We are going to extend health insurance to every American. And we are going to give our citizens access to a 21st century health care system – one that is focused on helping us to live healthy, active, happy lives.

UPDATE July 23
From the Des Moines Register
We need to RAMROD this through before people realize it smells like an Iowa hog lot in July.

Six of Iowa's seven members of Congress, including all three Democrats in the House, said Wednesday that rushing legislation to a vote by Aug. 8 could further penalize Iowa doctors and hospitals...

Sen. Tom Harkin, a senior Democrat on health-care legislation, is the lone voice among the Iowans for urgency. He said delaying action beyond the late-summer break would allow critics time to build opposition." The longer you leave it out there, the more holes you're going to have shot in it," said Harkin, a top Democrat on one of the Senate's health-writing committees. "I'd rather get something done, even if it's imperfect."

Sen. Charles Grassley, a Republican on the influential Finance Committee, said the shadow that health care casts over the nation's economy suggests it is better to spend more time trying to minimize the impact on the front end than leave crucial details to be worked out in the fall by a House-Senate conference committee.

Plus, the longer the issues are aired, the more opportunity the public gets to comment, Grassley said."If we're putting up a policy that can't withstand the test of public opinion, we shouldn't be doing it in the first place," he said.

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