John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
John Heaton

Yay for mental health parity

Well, it looks like the Mental Health Parity Act that my old boss Paul Wellstone spent so much time and energy promoting before his untimely death six years ago this month is finally going to be voted into law. It had already passed the House of Representatives, and was awaiting action in the Senate, but earlier today Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid took the Wellstone bill, amended it to include the Wall Street rescue plan -- thereby circumventing the Constitutional rule that says revenue bills must originate in the House -- and some tax cuts that had already been approved by the Senate in other bills and an increase in the FDIC cap, and put it to the floor for a vote. It passed, and will now be sent back to the House for reconciliation. Will it pass the House? Who knows, but most people think yes. Which is good, because the rescue plan and FDIC cap increase are, I think, necessary. That the Wellstone bill is serving as its path to passage is icing on the cake. I don't know that that path would have been Paul's first choice, but he would have, I'm sure, been thrilled to see it well on its way to becoming law.

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