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Use the World Series to Understand Health Care Reform

There is so much legislation being proposed that it is difficult to understand what it will mean to individuals and small businesses. With the World Series upon us, it may be an ideal time to think about health care reform and how baseball and the World Series may help people see how the various proposals may impact them.


Baseball Health Care Reform
After the division and league championships, there are only two teams in the World Series. There are two Senate bills, two House bills, (soon to be three), partisan agendas, and the President’s expectations, all to be merged into one piece of legislation.
There are only 25 players permitted on the roster of a baseball team. No limits on bills, or any Senators or Congressmen offering possible legislation that doesn’t appear in a bill (i.e. adding a public option to the Senate bill).
Games are nine innings, unless there is a tie, in which case there are extra innings. No rules on the length of the bills; Baucus bill is 223 pages, original house bill 1018 pages, Pelosi bill 1990 pages.
Maximum of seven games, then World Series is over for that season. No official date for health care reform; certainly after the World Series, hopefully before the Super Bowl.
Cost of the World Series tickets can be exhorbitant and become more expensive as they get closer to the field. It isn’t clear if the public plan will offer the same quality of health care as private insurance, and its relative cost is still a mystery.

Confused? Most individuals are. The proposed legislation changes on a daily basis, and understanding how and when this reform will impact people is anybody’s guess. Contact us and see how you can assist your employees or clients plan for the future. Let us know if you are interested in providing news alerts for your clients or employees.