A Political Analysis: Why Health Care Reform Legislation Died in the 103rd Congress
Kaltenbach, Ryan P.
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This paper will briefly outline the legislative process and the lobbying process. It will then go on to show why health care reform is needed, briefly describe President Clinton's proposal to pass health care reform legislation, and then show why his plan and many alternatives, both Democratic and Republican, like so many proposals presented in prior congressional sessions, never were brought to a vote. What set of circumstances led to this piece of legislation being left on the floor of both the Senate and the House without any opportunity for the president to vote on it? The main focus of this paper will be to show how both the legislative process itself as well as the lobbying process in large measure caused the demise of health care reform. In short; why did health care reform legislation die in the 1 03rd Congress?