As delegates, voters and the media began making their way to Invesco Field at Mile High for Sen. Barack Obamas acceptance speech, Dora Hughes, M.D., the Democratic nominees health adviser, said the foundation is already in place for healthcare reform.
While many interest groups have put a timeline of 100 days on a reform platform, Hughes declined to do so. Still, she said, health reform would be a top domestic priority if the Illinois senator wins the White House.
It will be something that hell hit the ground running immediately in his campaign, Hughes said. And again, were already starting to set the stage in terms of having bipartisan roundtable meetings with the stakeholder groups.
Those meetings, she said, are happening on both the campaign and congressional sides. The infrastructure will be in place and ready to go so we can tackle this immediately.
Many health policy groups this week have said that the longer it takes to move on health reform, the tougher it will be to pass a comprehensive bill. The reason, they say, is that an extended timeline would give opponents time to mobilize against parts of Obamas health policy agenda. -- by Matthew DoBias and Jessica Zigmond