2008 to 2010
2008 to 2010
The Baucus-Conrad Bills, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
The Democrats gained control of Congress in 2007, and the debates about the CHAMP Act’s comparative effectiveness provisions had occurred against the party’s mobilization to win the White House. With the prospect of a Democratic president came the chance of comprehensive health care reform. In late2007 and early 2008 the US economy began its slide into the Great Recession and was in free-fall when Barack Obama was elected president in November 2008. Within 3 weeks the new administration was presenting its plans for fiscal stimulus. Many pieces of ready-to-go legislation were amalgamated to form the February 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, among them $1.1 billion for comparative effectiveness research. A cliff-hanger battle for health reform culminated in the March 2010 Affordable Care Act, one provision of which was a federal mandate for comparative effectiveness research modelled on a proposal of Senators Max Baucus (D-MT) and Kent Conrad (D-ND).
Keywords: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, Baucus-Conrad Comparative Effectiveness Research Act of 2008 (S.3408), Baucus-Conrad Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Act of 2009 (S. 1213), Partnership to Improve Patient Care (PIPC)
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