As Washington draws nearer to a health care reform debate, some big names are no longer part of the health care scene, such as Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, Sen. John McCain, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. But are there pieces of their health care proposals that should be salvaged and can mesh with popular Democratic ideas?
Also, the Congressional Budget Office last week released its long-awaited report analyzing the effects of heatlh care reform proposals on health care spending. You can find it here. With Peter Orszag heading CBO, there were predictions that he would score savings for proposals that his predecessors would not have, in untested reform areas. But Orszag is moving to the White House's Office of Management and Budget. With Orszag gone, will CBO be a help or hinderance when it comes to finding money for health care reform, and what do we learn from last week's report?
-- Marilyn Werber Serafini, NationalJournal.com