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Many Are Looking Forward To the New Administration To Deal With the Current Need for Healthcare Reform Business and Healthcare Editors KENNEBUNK, Maine, January 14, 2009 At the present time, it is reported, that there is broad agreement on the obvious need for healthcare reform nor that there are apparently so many Americans dissatisfied with the healthcare that is available to them. In addition to this situation, particularly at the state-level, the present intense economic crisis will aggravate health coverage problems. Among others, stakeholders along with pundits are stressing that during 2009, President-elect Obama and Congress work to enact major healthcare legislation. In addition to this, in the presence of other important and pressing policy issues not the least of which being the recession and the war in Iraq, it may be necessary to implement healthcare reform in stages. The several perspectives of the various stakeholders were reviewed by Mark Farrah Associates (MFA) in a current article published in a popular industry analysis series, Healthcare Business Strategy. The points gone over in the article that directly relate to stakeholders are as follows: Those healthcare consumers who lose their health insurance coverage as a result of employer bankruptcies and/or their inability to pay for COBRA in the face off laid off, will be strongly seeking comprehensive reform. The regular and accepted safety net for people in economic crisis, the State Medicaid programs, will be having to deal with cutbacks as states become involved in dealing with their own financial crises. There are presently four major advocacy groups that are clearly pressing President-elect Obama to bring into action comprehensive healthcare reform, and do this quickly and very soon after his taking office. As a part of the present Obama-Biden Healthcare Proposal there is included a call for the strengthening of employer coverage. It is desirable to make insurance companies accountable and to ensure that patients are able to choose their doctors and their own healthcare without the government interfering. There are those in Congress who have already stated that they would prefer that healthcare reform take place at a moderate pace. These are the ones who are urging Obama not to try to accomplish too much too quickly. There are still others in Congress who are proposing even more sweeping reforms. Nevertheless, the health insurance industry apparently is ready to embrace certain aspects of a comprehensive reform package. Mark Farrah Associates analysts are acknowledging that there is a growing consensus that there is an immediate need for universal healthcare. Yet, when all of the various factors are taken into consideration, Congress has to view the overall cost for a comprehensive reform as taking place in a difficult economy, and therefore healthcare reform will most likely be approached by them in stages.