Regardless of which party controls Congress following today's midterm election, "significant gridlock" is likely to characterize healthcare deliberations in the next session, according to a report by Lehman Brothers Equity Research, Washington. Because control of Congress is likely to remain razor thin, it may be difficult for lawmakers to achieve consensus on healthcare issues, especially adding a prescription drug benefit to Medicare, the report said. The 108th Congress, however, could take up rising healthcare costs, and "hospitals and health plans may also be scrutinized along with a host of health service providers." -- by Jeff Tieman
More gridlock likely in next Congress: report
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