ASAE and other travel-focused associations have been sharing stories about how the economy and negative media attention has forced some corporations and associations to cancel or move their meetings from certain high-profile destinations and properties to avoid public criticism.  Today’s Wall Street Journal reports that the federal government has also been pulling meetings from some… Read more »

As the Senate Finance Committee continues meeting among its members to complete its comprehensive health care reform proposal, committee member John Kerry (D-MA) has floated a funding proposal to help solve the bill’s budget problem. The Kerry proposal, according to Congress Daily (subscription), would not remove the deduction on all employer-sponsored health care plans, but… Read more »

Last week, the health care reform debate was altered by the testimony of one person who is unfamiliar to many people outside of Washington, DC. Doug Elmendorf, the director of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), last week testified before the Senate Budget Committee that neither HR 3200 nor the HELP Committee health care reform… Read more »

Comprehensive health care reform, if enacted, will impact every aspect of American society.  For many associations, the impact will be more direct; as the debate progresses many medical, business, and consumer associations are working to ensure their voice is heard during the discussion. The American Medical Association (AMA), the association for American doctors, yesterday issued… Read more »

Yesterday, the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee passed its health care legislation out of committee in a 13-10 vote.  This is the first comprehensive health care bill to be passed from committee in this Congress.  The major differences between the HELP bill and yesterday’s released House bill include: a role for associations… Read more »