Perhaps they are unintended consequences of well-intentioned legislation. But New York Governor David Paterson and Mayor Michael Bloomberg are warning of dire cuts in health care if the health reform bill that the U.S. Senate may approve before Christmas Eve.
The political duo warn that public health clinics will close, health care facilities including hospitals and nursing homes may be forced out of business and cost the state about $1 billion.
Approval of the Senate version of the bill is almost assured in the Democratic-controlled Congress. There are, however, major differences between the Senate and the House versions. After the Senate vote, the House will vote on its bill, then the two bills will be reconciled for a third and final vote - likely in January or February.