Congressional Democrats have stated that they would like to have health reform completed by the time Obama delivers his state of the union address in late January 2010. That’s quite a tight timeline, and although the process is far from over, the road to health care reform has been long and winding so far. Here, so where the legislation has gone, and an estimate of how long it will take to effect change if it passes.
Nov. 4, 2008: Senator Barack Obama from Illinois wins the presidential election on a platform of health reform, among other things.
Jan. 20, 2009: President Obama is inaugurated, and mentions health reform briefly in his inaugural speech.
July 16, 2009: In the House, the first plan passes in the Ways and Means Committee. In the Senate, a package is approved by the HELP Committee.
July 17, 2009: The House Education and Labor Committee passes its reform plan.