The lowdown on legislation

By David A. Lovett, JD

As AAOS Now went to press, the issue of healthcare reform was still being debated, and the shape of a final bill has yet to be determined. The American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) has expressed its opinion to members of both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate. AAOS President Joseph D. Zuckerman, MD, has played a significant role in the healthcare reform debate, not only within the orthopaedic community but also among surgical specialties, rallying them to take a unified position when interacting with Congress.

By the time this article is published, the healthcare reform train may have grinded to a complete halt for several reasons. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has a supermajority of Democrats in the House (by about 70 members), sufficient to move any bill. But the Democratic leadership has made healthcare reform less of a priority.

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