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By Jeremy Glaser | 02-22-2010 01:11 PM

Prognosis for Health-Care Reform

Morningstar health-care analyst Matt Coffina thinks the chances of reform passing have risen, but that the House could prove a stumbling block.

Jeremy Glaser: I'm Jeremy Glaser with Morningstar.com. President Obama unveiled, this morning, his plan for moving health-care reform further. Here to discuss the prognosis of this plan is health care analyst Matt Coffina. Matt, thanks for joining me.

Matt Coffina: Thanks for having me, Jeremy.

Glaser: So, bottom line, do you think that President Obama's new plan helps the future of health care reform? Will it pass?

Coffina: Well, it's interesting. Health reform has really kind of bounced back and forth. It looked all but assured a few months ago then Scott Brown won the seat in Massachusetts and it looked like health reform was completely dead. Then the President sort of put it to the back of his agenda, in his State of the Union Address, but now it seems to be back front and center.

The President is staking his whole 2010 on it, basically, at this point. So it certainly has increased the chances of health reform passing to the extent that it's an area of emphasis still for the administration.

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