WORTH REPEATING: The Four Year Wait For Health Care Reform To Kick In Is Political Suicide

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INQUIRER: His biggest concern is with the timetables of the two bills. Most of the House version does not go into effect until 2013. In a move meant to reduce costs, the Senate bill waits until 2014. “To me, this is a huge mistake,” Starr said. While some important provisions that would affect coverage for young adults and people who cannot buy insurance because of health problems take effect earlier, “most of the uninsured will not get coverage from the Senate bill for more than four years.” That leaves Democrats with a political problem – few results to show voters during 2010 congressional elections and the 2012 presidential election. “That’s asking for a lot of patience from voters,” Starr said. The consequence could be lost elections and even a repeal of the bill. He thinks the bill should take effect by Jan. 1, 2012. MORE

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