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Modern Healthcare - - Opinions Editorials - —Dai­ly­Her­ald, Arlington Heights, Ill. —Cleve­landPlainDealer

“The re­port pro­duced by the Trust for Amer­ica’s Health and the Robert Wood John­son Foun­da­tion called for in­creased fed­eral fund­ing, mod­ern­ized vac­cine pro­duc­tion and ad­di­tional mea­sures to reach out quickly to high-risk pop­u­la­tions. ... We need our state and fed­eral health agen­cies to re­view their mea­sures im­me­di­ately and make changes be­fore an­other out­break forces their hand. And lo­cal agen­cies, some of whom han­dled the process of dis­tribut­ing shots very well while oth­ers were less adept, need to re­view their pro­ce­dures as well. “The word on Capi­tol Hill this week is that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Harry Reid are up for a quick game of ping­pong. The ‘ball’ is health­care re­form, and the game would take place al­most com­pletely out of pub­lic view. … We un­der­stand that this ping­pong tac­tic has been used be­fore, by both par­ties, to speed fi­nal pas­sage of con­tro­ver­sial bills. We also un­der­stand that con­fer­ence com­mit­tees have of­ten done much of their real work be­hind closed doors. That doesn’t make it right. Es­pe­cially not in this case.”

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