The Obama administration remains optimistic that Congress will able to produce a bipartisan healthcare reform bill by the end of August, Dora Hughes, HHS counselor for public health and science, said during the 6th Annual World Health Care Congress in Washington.
The hope is that Congress, in drafting a proposal, will make a good-faith effort to reflect Obamas eight principles for reform, Hughes said. We want this to be a bipartisan effort, she added. The principles outline a plan that would do the following: protect families financial health; make healthcare coverage affordable; cover all Americans; provide portability of coverage; guarantee choice; invest in prevention and wellness; improve patient safety and quality care; and maintain long-term fiscal sustainability.
The administration will continue to have meetings with the top stakeholder groups on reform, Hughes said, adding, This is a top priority. We have every intention of getting this done.