January 24, 2008 17:22
I had breakfast this week with House Ways and Means Chairman Charlie Rangel of New York. Chairman Rangel will play a key role in any Medicare Reform package. Charlie is very uneasy about the presidential candidates’ pontifications about reform without consulting Congress, which will have to approve anything forthcoming. He notes, quality and access notwithstanding, the current debates and policy discussions are all really about cost increases. He wants to know if we’re legitimately interested in this problem. This 40+ year member of Congress is sincerely interested in hearing what we think needs to happen to reform the system in a socially responsible way. This is refreshing. Let’s not let him down.