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27 Sep 2011

Sharp Rise in U.S. Health Insurance Cost, Study Finds

The cost of health insurance for many Americans this year climbed more sharply than in previous years, outstripping any growth in workers wages and adding more uncertainty about the pace of rising medical costs.
The cost of health insurance for many Americans this year climbed more sharply than in previous years, outstripping any...

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5 May 2011

Republicans Shelve Medicare Overhaul Plan

House Republicans signaled Thursday that they were backing away from the centerpiece of their budget plan - a proposal to overhaul Medicare - in a decision that underscored both the difficulties and political perils of addressing the nation s long-term fiscal problems.
House Republicans signaled Thursday that they were backing away from the centerpiece of their budget plan - a proposal...

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1 Feb 2011

Ruling Against Health Care Law Evens Scorecard at 2-to-2 –

A second federal judge ruled on Monday that it was unconstitutional for Congress to enact a health care law that requires Americans to obtain commercial insurance, evening the score at two-to-two in the lower courts as the conflicting opinions begin their path to the Supreme Court.
A second federal judge ruled on Monday that it was unconstitutional for Congress to enact a health care law that...

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21 Jan 2011

Health Care Reform Bill – 26 Facts and Figures

By a vote of 219 to 212, the House of Representatives passed the health care reform bill. While it seems everybody has an opinion about Obamacare, we thought we d stick just to the facts, and let you decide whether the bill is good or bad for the country. So with that in mind, here are 26 facts and figures about the health care reform bill:
By a vote of 219 to 212, the House of Representatives passed the health care reform bill. While it seems everybody has...

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21 Jan 2011

Poll More Want to Keep Health Care Law Than Want to Repeal It

More Americans want to keep the sweeping health care reform legislation passed last year than want to repeal it, according to a new CBS News/New York Times survey. Forty-eight percent of Americans say they want to keep the law in place, while 40 percent want to see it repealed.
More Americans want to keep the sweeping health care reform legislation passed last year than want to repeal it,...

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20 Jan 2011

Taxpayer Calculator: Health Care Repeal

The House of Representatives plans to vote Wednesday to repeal the health care reform law approved last year. Repeal was a central campaign platform for House Republicans in 2010. Many handicappers argued that the calls for repeal helped escort the GOP into the majority for the first time since 2006.
The House of Representatives plans to vote Wednesday to repeal the health care reform law approved last year. Repeal was...

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20 Jan 2011

House Republicans Vote to Overturn ObamaCare in Symbolic Move

The newly muscular House Republicans voted Wednesday to overturn President Obama's health care overhaul -- a move that is largely symbolic because the Democratic-controlled Senate is poised to ignore it while Obama is certain to veto it should it somehow pass through Congress.
The newly muscular House Republicans voted Wednesday to overturn President Obama's health care overhaul -- a move that...

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17 Jan 2011

Obama Care Report

This report details the economic and fiscal consequences of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA,) signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010. Several rationales were offered in support of this legislation, including that it would lead to the creation of jobs and the reduction of the federal budget deficit. This report shows that the health care law will achieve neither effect.
This report details the economic and fiscal consequences of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA,)...

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14 Dec 2010

Central Provision of Health Care Law Is Ruled Unconstitutional

A federal district judge in Virginia ruled on Monday that the keystone provision in the Obama health care law is unconstitutional, becoming the first court in the country to invalidate any part of the sprawling act and ensuring that appellate courts will receive contradictory opinions from below.
A federal district judge in Virginia ruled on Monday that the keystone provision in the Obama health care law is...

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3 Nov 2010

To Save Money, Save the Health Care Act

If the newly elected representatives and senators are truly concerned about rising health care costs, they should work to deploy the laws cost-containment measures fully rather than try to repeal them. Sure, the health care law is not perfect, but it would cut the nation s long-term fiscal imbalance by a quarter and reduce the projected deficit within Medicare by three-quarters. That may seem fanciful, given how distorted the public discussion has become. But that s what the projections show, as long as Congress sticks to its guns and the Obama administration does a good job carrying out the provisions of the law.
If the newly elected representatives and senators are truly concerned about rising health care costs, they should work...

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30 Aug 2010

Health reform group aids campaigns

The progressive coalition Health Care for America Now fought hard to pass health care reform. Now it s fighting hard to help reelect lawmakers who voted for the bill even if it means not talking about it. While polls show that health reform has become slightly more popular since passage, it s still a polarizing issue, particularly in districts where Republicans and conservative groups have bombarded voters with negative ads.
The progressive coalition Health Care for America Now fought hard to pass health care reform. Now it s fighting hard to...

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20 Aug 2010

Health mandate still unpopular

A CNN/Opinion Research poll shows that, despite Democrats' best efforts, portions of their health care bill still remain unpopular. In a poll of 1,009 adults, 44 percent said they favor the health care mandate, which has yet to take effect. Nearly the same number 45 percent favored the bill when it passed. Forty-nine percent favored the mandate in November 2009.
A CNN/Opinion Research poll shows that, despite Democrats' best efforts, portions of their health care bill still remain...

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25 Jul 2010

Britain Plans to Decentralize National Health Care

Practical details of the plan are still sketchy. But its aim is clear: to shift control of England s $160 billion annual health budget from a centralized bureaucracy to doctors at the local level. Under the plan, $100 billion to $125 billion a year would be meted out to general practitioners, who would use the money to buy services from hospitals and other health care providers.
Practical details of the plan are still sketchy. But its aim is clear: to shift control of England s $160 billion annual...

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9 Jun 2010

ObamaCare’s Defenders to the Public Trust Us, You Really Like This Law!

Close allies of the Obama administration, seeking to rally the public behind President Obama s landmark health care bill, are planning to spend $25 million over the next five years to promote the measure and beat back mischaracterizations of it that could harm Democratic candidates.
Close allies of the Obama administration, seeking to rally the public behind President Obama s landmark health care...

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1 Apr 2010

Those angry about health-care generally concerned about the country’s direction

The health-care debate has generated intense levels of frustration among the bill's opponents, and those who say they are outright angry almost universally believe that the country is going in the wrong direction -- some say toward an America they no longer recognize.
The health-care debate has generated intense levels of frustration among the bill's opponents, and those who say they...

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1 Apr 2010

Republican insanity is not all it’s cracked up to be

Matt Miller is a formidable policy analyst, a great addition to the Post s stable of columnists, and an old friend, so I hope he won t mind if I respectfully disagree with his view that Republicans are behaving irrationally -- cracking up in his phrase -- by attacking the newly enacted health-reform package.
Matt Miller is a formidable policy analyst, a great addition to the Post s stable of columnists, and an old friend, so I...
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1 Apr 2010

Meet Mitt Romney, Liberal Icon

We did not actually hear a whole lot about how Obama s health care bill was similar to Romney s during its long, torturous struggle through Congress. Particularly not during the parts that involved placating the Democratic left wing. Do you think Obama mentioned it during his Air Force One courtship of Dennis Kucinich? Possibly not.
We did not actually hear a whole lot about how Obama s health care bill was similar to Romney s during its long,...

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29 Mar 2010

The Rage Is Not About Health Care

In fact, the current surge of anger and the accompanying rise in right-wing extremism predates the entire health care debate. The first signs were the shrieks of traitor and off with his head at Palin rallies as Obama s election became more likely in October 2008. Those passions have spiraled ever since from Gov. Rick Perry s kowtowing to secessionists at a Tea Party rally in Texas to the gratuitous brandishing of assault weapons at Obama health care rallies last summer to You lie! piercing the president s address to Congress last fall like an ominous shot.
In fact, the current surge of anger and the accompanying rise in right-wing extremism predates the entire health care...

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27 Mar 2010

Palin, tea party to rally in Sen. Reid’s hometown

Searchlight, Nevada (CNN) -- Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin kicked off a Tea Party rally Saturday in Sen. Harry Reid's hometown, encouraging disgruntled Americans to "take back our country" while attacking what she called the "Obama-Pelosi-Reid spending spree."
Searchlight, Nevada (CNN) -- Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin kicked off a Tea Party rally Saturday in Sen. Harry Reid's...

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27 Mar 2010

New health insurance requirement … was GOP idea

WASHINGTON Republicans were for President Barack Obama's requirement that Americans get health insurance before they were against it. The obligation in the new health care law is a Republican idea that's been around at least two decades. It was once trumpeted as an alternative to Bill and Hillary Clinton's failed health care overhaul in the 1990s. These days, Republicans call it government overreach.
WASHINGTON Republicans were for President Barack Obama's requirement that Americans get health insurance before they...

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25 Mar 2010

G.O.P. Forces New House Vote on Fixes to Health Bill

WASHINGTON The Senate took up again on Thursday the package of changes to the Democrats sweeping health care legislation, aiming for a vote on the package in the early afternoon that would send it back to the House and then, if approved, to President Obama for his signature.
WASHINGTON The Senate took up again on Thursday the package of changes to the Democrats sweeping health care...
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23 Mar 2010

Health Care – For Democrats, a Win Is a Win

While the health care battle over the previous nine months had intensified opposition to reform and fueled the tea party revolt, the last two months produced the opposite effect. A poll that I conducted with the Democratic strategist James Carville for Democracy Corps over the past week showed a 5-point increase in the number of self-identified intense reform supporters, to 24 percent. Likewise, the Kaiser Family Foundation s latest poll found that 28 percent of respondents were now strong supporters, up from 19 percent in January.
While the health care battle over the previous nine months had intensified opposition to reform and fueled the tea party...
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22 Mar 2010

Legal and Political Fights Loom for Democrats

WASHINGTON The battle over health care is poised to move swiftly from Congress back to the country as Democrats, Republicans and a battery of interest groups race to define the legislation and dig in for long-term political and legal fights.
WASHINGTON The battle over health care is poised to move swiftly from Congress back to the country as Democrats,...

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22 Mar 2010

Fear Strikes Out

And on the other side, here s what Newt Gingrich, the Republican former speaker of the House a man celebrated by many in his party as an intellectual leader had to say: If Democrats pass health reform, They will have destroyed their party much as Lyndon Johnson shattered the Democratic Party for 40 years by passing civil rights legislation.
And on the other side, here s what Newt Gingrich, the Republican former speaker of the House a man celebrated by many in...

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22 Mar 2010

Obama’s Health Care Victory Carries a Cost

WASHINGTON The House s passage of health care legislation late Sunday night assures that whatever the ultimate cost, President Obama will go down in history as one of the handful of presidents who found a way to reshape the nation s social welfare system.
WASHINGTON The House s passage of health care legislation late Sunday night assures that whatever the ultimate cost,...

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22 Mar 2010

House Approves Health Overhaul, Sending Landmark Bill to Obama

WASHINGTON House Democrats approved a far-reaching overhaul of the nation s health system on Sunday, voting over unanimous Republican opposition to provide medical coverage to tens of millions of uninsured Americans after an epic political battle that could define the differences between the parties for years.
WASHINGTON House Democrats approved a far-reaching overhaul of the nation s health system on Sunday, voting over...

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21 Mar 2010

White House Statement On Abortion Compromise

Today, the President announced that he will be issuing an executive order after the passage of the health insurance reform law that will reaffirm its consistency with longstanding restrictions on the use of federal funds for abortion.
Today, the President announced that he will be issuing an executive order after the passage of the health insurance...

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21 Mar 2010

A History of Overhauling Health Care

For almost a century, presidents and members of Congress have tried and failed to provide universal health benefits to Americans. The cost of health care has increased; in 2008, one in six dollars was spent on health care, and an estimated 46 million people were without coverage.
For almost a century, presidents and members of Congress have tried and failed to provide universal health benefits to...

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21 Mar 2010

Is Any Illness Covered by Insurance

The definition of an insurance companies chronic condition for which they bump insured clients from their priviliges(you couldn t make this up): Chronic means a medical condition which has at least one of the following characteristics: has no known cure; is likely to recur; requires palliative treatment; needs prolonged monitoring/ treatment; is permanent; requires specialist training/rehabilitation; is caused by changes to the body that cannot be reversed.
The definition of an insurance companies chronic condition for which they bump insured clients from their priviliges(you...

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20 Mar 2010

Democrats to Watch on the Health Care Vote

Below are House Democrats who may decide the fate of the health care overhaul. Some of them supported Representative Bart Stupak s amendment that added abortion restrictions to the House s bill, which passed in November, and feel the Senate bill, which the House will be voting on, is too weak on abortion.
Below are House Democrats who may decide the fate of the health care overhaul. Some of them supported Representative...

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19 Mar 2010

Democrats push toward Sunday vote on health care

WASHINGTON Slowly but steadily, support is building behind President Barack Obama's health care legislation in the House, with the intense lobbying and politically targeted changes to the bill winning over an Ohio Democrat on Friday.
WASHINGTON Slowly but steadily, support is building behind President Barack Obama's health care legislation in the...

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19 Mar 2010

Closing Arguments on Health Care

As it happens, Reuters published an investigative report this week that powerfully illustrates the vileness of our current system. The report concerns the insurer Fortis, now part of Assurant Health, which turns out to have had a systematic policy of revoking its clients policies when they got sick. In particular, according to the Reuters report, it targeted every single policyholder who contracted H.I.V., looking for any excuse, no matter how flimsy, for cancellation. In the case that brought all this to light, Assurant Health used an obviously misdated handwritten note by a nurse, who wrote 2001 instead of 2002, to claim that the infection was a pre-existing condition that the client had failed to declare, and revoked his policy.
As it happens, Reuters published an investigative report this week that powerfully illustrates the vileness of our...

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12 Mar 2010

Health Reform Myths

The only part of health care in which there isn t already a lot of federal intervention is the market in which individuals who can t get employment-based coverage buy their own insurance. And that market, in case you hadn t noticed, is a disaster no coverage for people with pre-existing medical conditions, coverage dropped when you get sick, and huge premium increases in the middle of an economic crisis. It s this sector, plus the plight of Americans with no insurance at all, that reform aims to fix. What s wrong with that?
The only part of health care in which there isn t already a lot of federal intervention is the market in which...

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8 Mar 2010

Obama Warns Democrats of Urgency of Health Bill

GLENSIDE, Pa. President Obama challenged wavering members of his own party on Monday not to give in to their political fears about supporting health care legislation, asserting that the urgency of getting a bill through Congress should trump any concern about the consequences for Democrats in November.
GLENSIDE, Pa. President Obama challenged wavering members of his own party on Monday not to give in to their political...

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7 Mar 2010

The Up-or-Down Vote on Obama’s Presidency

For the sake of argument, let s say that Obama does eke out his victory. Republicans claim that if he does so by ramming through the bill with the Congressional reconciliation process, they will have another winning issue for November. On this, they are wrong. Their problem is not just their own hypocritical record on reconciliation, which they embraced gladly to ram through the budget-busting Bush tax cuts. They d also have to contend with this country s congenitally short attention span. Once the health care fight is over and out of sight, it will be out of mind to most Americans. We ve already forgotten about Afghanistan until the next bloodbath.
For the sake of argument, let s say that Obama does eke out his victory. Republicans claim that if he does so by ramming...
27 Feb 2010

Health Care’s Clash of the Titans

It s a long way from Vancouver, but there there was an Olympian clash at the White House guest cabana Thursday, and despite the cloudy outlook, conditions didn t result in a debilitating outbreak of bipartisanship. So, who were the big winners and losers of Health Care Brouhaha of 2010? Let s first focus on the man in the middle of it all:
It s a long way from Vancouver, but there there was an Olympian clash at the White House guest cabana Thursday, and...

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26 Feb 2010

Deadlock at US healthcare summit

Barack Obama has wrapped up a marathon televised debate with congressional leaders on his plans for healthcare reform, but with no sign of a breakthrough on reaching a deal. The US president called Thursday's summit meeting in an effort to save his health reform programme and get Republicans to agree to his proposals to bring coverage to tens of millions of uninsured Americans.
Barack Obama has wrapped up a marathon televised debate with congressional leaders on his plans for healthcare reform,...

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26 Feb 2010

Not as Dull as Expected!

Once you got to the other members, about two-thirds of the statements were smart and well-informed. This was not a repeat of the Baltimore summit, in which Obama dominated the room. This time, Obama was very good, but so were many others, like Mike Enzi, Jim Cooper, George Miller and Tom Coburn. If you thought Republicans were a bunch of naysayers who don t know or care about health care, then this was not the event for you. They more than held their own.
Once you got to the other members, about two-thirds of the statements were smart and well-informed. This was not a...

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26 Feb 2010

What We Learned From the Health Care Summit

If we re lucky, Thursday s summit will turn out to have been the last act in the great health reform debate, the prologue to passage of an imperfect but nonetheless history-making bill. If so, the debate will have ended as it began: with Democrats offering moderate plans that draw heavily on past Republican ideas, and Republicans responding with slander and misdirection.
If we re lucky, Thursday s summit will turn out to have been the last act in the great health reform debate, the...

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25 Feb 2010

Do Toxins Cause Autism

Autism was first identified in 1943 in an obscure medical journal. Since then it has become a frighteningly common affliction, with the Centers for Disease Control reporting recently that autism disorders now affect almost 1 percent of children.
Autism was first identified in 1943 in an obscure medical journal. Since then it has become a frighteningly common...

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23 Feb 2010

The Narcissus Society

Now, as I understand it, the Tea Party movement is angry about waste, bail-outs for the rich and spiraling debt. They detest big government. But if waste and debt are really what s bothering them, how about the waste in the more than 1,800 daily health-care related personal bankruptcies, the 25 to 30 percent of some corporate insurers costs going on administration (versus 6 percent for Medicare), the sky-rocketing health premiums that are undermining U.S. corporations (and so taking jobs), the endless paperwork of private reimbursement procedures, and the needless deaths?
Now, as I understand it, the Tea Party movement is angry about waste, bail-outs for the rich and spiraling debt. They...

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23 Feb 2010

Sinking Into the Mire With Health Reform

As the year went on, health care reform grew more unpopular. If you average the last 10 polls, 38 percent of voters support the reform plans and 53 percent oppose. Obama s reform is more unpopular than Bill Clinton s was as it died.
As the year went on, health care reform grew more unpopular. If you average the last 10 polls, 38 percent of voters...

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22 Feb 2010

Obama Details Plan to Expand Health Care to Uninsured

WASHINGTON President Obama on Monday laid out for the first time a detailed legislative proposal for overhauling health care. His plan sticks largely to the approach passed by the Senate with unified Democratic support, but it makes concessions to the House version, which was more expensive and would have covered more people.
WASHINGTON President Obama on Monday laid out for the first time a detailed legislative proposal for overhauling health...

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19 Feb 2010

California Death Spiral

Bear in mind that private health insurance only works if insurers can sell policies to both sick and healthy customers. If too many healthy people decide that they d rather take their chances and remain uninsured, the risk pool deteriorates, forcing insurers to raise premiums. This, in turn, leads more healthy people to drop coverage, worsening the risk pool even further, and so on.
Bear in mind that private health insurance only works if insurers can sell policies to both sick and healthy customers....
19 Feb 2010

Return of the public option…or of the empty promise?

Thanks largely to a letter signed by a 17 Democratic senators (including Bernie Sanders) and 119 House Democrats, the public option has returned to the health care reform debate. While this is cause for celebration if the letter-signers seriously believe they will get an up or down vote on the floor of the Senate, I'm skeptical. To me, this eerily reminiscent of what we were told last year by senior Democrats. Recall that for months on end, leading Democrat after leading Democrat told us they believed we would get a public option in the health care reform bill. President Obama said the public option had to be in the bill and that arguments against it defied logic. Speaker Pelosi said reform couldn't pass the House without it. After saying he had the votes for a public option, Majority Leader Reid said Joe Lieberman wouldn't be a problem. Chuck Schumer said that if Reid put the public option in the bill, it could only be stripped by 60 Senators. (He also said it would definitely be in the bill.) Tom Harkin guaranteed a public option by Christmas. Anthony Weiner said dropping the public option would cost 100 votes in the House. (To be fair to Pelosi and Weiner, they have yet to be proven wrong, but both have indicated a willingness to move forward on health care reform with a public option. Given that compromise is the art of the possible, I wouldn't fault them fo
Thanks largely to a letter signed by a 17 Democratic senators (including Bernie Sanders) and 119 House Democrats, the...

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27 Jan 2010

GOP Strategy Derail Health Bill Reconciliation Fix With “Free For All” Of Amendments

The GOP Senate leadership has privately settled on a strategy to derail health reform if Dems try to pass the Senate bill with a fix through reconciliation, aides say: Unleash an endless stream of amendments designed to stall for time and to force Dems to take untenable votes.
The GOP Senate leadership has privately settled on a strategy to derail health reform if Dems try to pass the Senate...

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23 Jan 2010

President Obama on health care: We are going to get this done

Yesterday in Ohio, President Obama acknowledged that while the health care reform process had run into a bit of a "buzz saw" with Tuesday's election results, he wasn't willing to give in to the forces of obstruction. Instead, he vowed to continue the fight for health care reform until it becomes law. I m not going to walk away just because it s hard. We are going to keep on working to get this done with Democrats, I hope with Republicans, anybody who s willing to step up. Because I m not going to watch more people get crushed by costs or denied care they need by insurance-company bureaucrats. Here's video: Notice that while President Obama said he hoped Republicans would support reform, he didn't condition reform efforts on their support. In other words, while it would be nice to have their support, with or without them, "we are going to keep on working to get this done." Video transcript below fold.
Yesterday in Ohio, President Obama acknowledged that while the health care reform process had run into a bit of a "buzz...
23 Jan 2010

MA Poll: Voters Are Angry, But At What?

The conventional wisdom (one way you know it's wrong is that everyone repeats it) is that Democrats lost in MA because the voters rejected their policies and also rejected big government. It's so easy to say so that you can find articles like this everywhere (this one is from Scott Brown and Bob McDonnell's pollsters): Apparently, the Democrats thought people had voted for them because of their agenda -- an agenda they really hadn't bothered to share with the electorate in the first place. And now, the party's bungling has resulted in the highest disapproval rating in Gallup polling history for a president after his first year. Actually the polls from MA show something very different. There's anger and frustration (you don't need a poll to know that) but it's directed at not getting things done. The latest poll is from The Washington Post, the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and Harvard University's School of Public Health (.pdf), and what you see is an important picture of non-voters as well as those who turned out. For example, here were two question put to all surveyed, not just voters: Whatever frustrations MA has with Obama, the GOP alternative is worse (that's, of course, not enough by itself to allow Democrats to win.) What's true for Republican voters isn't always true for the electorate as a whole, but even there, this is not evidence of a GOP agenda win. For example, Brown's voters like the MA health care plan (68%) and even in a Brown win, more voters in MA (50%) thought
The conventional wisdom (one way you know it's wrong is that everyone repeats it) is that Democrats lost in MA because...
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22 Jan 2010

Do the Right Thing

Some are urging Democrats to scale back their proposals in the hope of gaining Republican support. But anyone who thinks that would work must have spent the past year living on another planet.
Some are urging Democrats to scale back their proposals in the hope of gaining Republican support. But anyone who thinks...

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29 Dec 2009

A Less Than Honest Policy

The bill that passed the Senate with such fanfare on Christmas Eve would impose a confiscatory 40 percent excise tax on so-called Cadillac health plans, which are popularly viewed as over-the-top plans held only by the very wealthy. In fact, it s a tax that in a few years will hammer millions of middle-class policyholders, forcing them to scale back their access to medical care.
The bill that passed the Senate with such fanfare on Christmas Eve would impose a confiscatory 40 percent excise tax on...

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21 Dec 2009

Taibbi and Kuttner on the Health Care Bill Video Cafe

MATT TAIBBI: Well, I think what most people should take away from this is that the massive subsidies for health insurance companies have been preserved while it's also expanded their customer base because there's an individual mandate in the bill that's going to provide all these companies with the, you know, 25 or 30 million new people who are going to be paying for health insurance. So, it's, obviously, a huge boon to that industry. And I think Wall Street correctly read what the health care effort is all about.
MATT TAIBBI: Well, I think what most people should take away from this is that the massive subsidies for health...

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21 Dec 2009

Bernie Sanders Explains Why He’s Going to Vote for the Health Care Bill

$10 Billion More for Community Health Centers will Revolutionize Care WASHINGTON, December 19 A $10 billion investment in community health centers, expected to go to $14 billion when Congress completes work on health care reform legislation, was included in a final series of changes to the Senate bill unveiled today. The provision, which would provide primary care for 25 million more Americans, was requested by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). He said the additional resources will help bring about a revolution in primary health care in America and create new or expanded health centers in an additional 10,000 communities. The provision would also provide loan repayments and scholarships through the National Health Service Corps to create an additional 20,000 primary care doctors, dentists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and mental health professionals.
$10 Billion More for Community Health Centers will Revolutionize Care WASHINGTON, December 19 A $10 billion investment...

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20 Dec 2009

GOP Leaders Attack Nelson Agreement

A number of Republican senators attacked an agreement reached between Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) and Senate Democratic leaders Saturday, saying it would lead to the eventual reversal of more than 30 years of federal law banning abortion funding.
A number of Republican senators attacked an agreement reached between Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) and Senate Democratic...

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20 Dec 2009

Obama hails 60th Senate vote for health care

WASHINGTON Jubilant Democrats locked in Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson as the 60th and decisive vote for historic health care legislation Saturday, putting President Barack Obama's signature issue firmly on a path for Christmas Eve passage. At the White House, Obama swiftly welcomed the breakthrough, saying, "After a nearly century-long struggle, we are on the cusp of making health care reform a reality in the United States of America."
WASHINGTON Jubilant Democrats locked in Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson as the 60th and decisive vote for historic health care...

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18 Dec 2009

The Hardest Call

The first reason to support the Senate health care bill is that it would provide insurance to 30 million more Americans. The second reason to support the bill is that its authors took the deficit issue seriously. Compared with, say, the prescription drug benefit from a few years ago, this bill is a model of fiscal rectitude. It spends a lot of money to cover the uninsured, but to help pay for it, it also includes serious Medicare cuts and whopping tax increases the tax on high-cost insurance plans alone will raise $1.3 trillion in the second decade.
The first reason to support the Senate health care bill is that it would provide insurance to 30 million more Americans....

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18 Dec 2009

Pass the Bill

At its core, the bill would do two things. First, it would prohibit discrimination by insurance companies on the basis of medical condition or history: Americans could no longer be denied health insurance because of a pre-existing condition, or have their insurance canceled when they get sick. Second, the bill would provide substantial financial aid to those who don t get insurance through their employers, as well as tax breaks for small employers that do provide insurance.
At its core, the bill would do two things. First, it would prohibit discrimination by insurance companies on the basis...

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17 Dec 2009

Sen. Jay Rockefeller: Dean irresponsible for calling to kill health bill

Sen. Jay Rockefeller expressed his disappointment in Howard Dean for calling for the Senate to start over on health care reform. It s nonsense and it s irresponsible and coming from him as a physician it s stunning and he s wrong, Rockefeller told MSNBC s Andrea Mitchell.
Sen. Jay Rockefeller expressed his disappointment in Howard Dean for calling for the Senate to start over on health care...

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17 Dec 2009

The Left Is Playing With Fire

Liberals frustrated with the decision to drop a public option are now attacking a core principle of health care reform: the individual mandate. Greg Sargent and Ben Smith quote Jim Dean, brother of Howard, in an e-mail that just went out to Democracy for America
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17 Dec 2009

Not Health, Not Care, Not Reform

There could not be a finer line between the words compromise and compromised and tonight, with the greatest possible reluctance, I believe I have to go on the air and state my opinion that the Senate bill in its current form has clearly crossed that line and, as currently constituted, cannot be passed.
There could not be a finer line between the words compromise and compromised and tonight, with the greatest possible...

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17 Dec 2009

President Obama writes a new health reform prescription

On the campaign trail, Barack Obama vowed to take on the drug industry by allowing Americans to import cheaper prescription medicine. "We'll tell the pharmaceutical companies 'thanks, but no, thanks' for the overpriced drugs -- drugs that cost twice as much here as they do in Europe and Canada," he said back then.
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17 Dec 2009

A bailout for insurers?

I ve seen Marcy Wheeler characterize the plan as an industry bailout. And, indeed, if I were a small government conservative one political tactic I would employ would be to start characterizing all initiatives involving government spending as a bailout. You could say that [the stimulus] s provisions funding K-12 education are a bailout for teacher s unions. You could call [cap and trade] a bailout for windmill makers. And you can call the health care bill an insurance company bailout. But the mechanism by which insurers can get extra money under reform is that ... more people get health insurance at a price they can afford.
I ve seen Marcy Wheeler characterize the plan as an industry bailout. And, indeed, if I were a small government...

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17 Dec 2009

Single-payer health care plan dies in Senate

WASHINGTON The liberals' longtime dream of a government-run health care system for all died Wednesday in the Senate, but Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont vowed it will return when the realization dawns that private insurance companies "are no longer needed."
WASHINGTON The liberals' longtime dream of a government-run health care system for all died Wednesday in the Senate, but...
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15 Dec 2009

President Lieberman was for the expansion of Medicare just three months ago!

Lieberman wants to pass a Republican health care package, which is no plan at all. This bitter man is hijacking the entire health care reform effort for no other reasons than his petty, narcissistic agenda. He is a traitor to the liberal policies that once, as a vice-presidential nominee in 2000, he would have never signed onto.
Lieberman wants to pass a Republican health care package, which is no plan at all. This bitter man is hijacking the...

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5 Dec 2009

Reform or Else

Health care reform hangs in the balance. Its fate rests with a handful of centrist senators senators who claim to be mainly worried about whether the proposed legislation is fiscally responsible.
Health care reform hangs in the balance. Its fate rests with a handful of centrist senators senators who claim to be...
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30 Nov 2009

Are We Going to Let John Die

If Joe Lieberman or other senators came across John Brodniak writhing in pain on the sidewalk, they presumably would jump to help him and rush him to a hospital.  Unfortunately, an emergency room won t help indeed, the closest E.R. has told him not to come back, he says. So, for those members of Congress who are wavering on health reform, listen to John s story.
If Joe Lieberman or other senators came across John Brodniak writhing in pain on the sidewalk, they presumably would...

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23 Nov 2009

Tort Reform Unlikely to Cut Health Care Costs

Amid the obstructionists claims that health care reform is socialist or a means of speeding Grandma towards her deathbed, a large focus of the conservative position on health care reform has been that frivolous lawsuits drive up health care costs and require doctors to practice defensive medicine that s costly and wasteful.
Amid the obstructionists claims that health care reform is socialist or a means of speeding Grandma towards her...

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22 Nov 2009

Senate Votes to Open Health Care Debate

WASHINGTON The Senate voted on Saturday to begin full debate on major health care legislation, propelling President Obama s top domestic initiative over a crucial, preliminary hurdle in a formidable display of muscle-flexing by the Democratic majority.
WASHINGTON The Senate voted on Saturday to begin full debate on major health care legislation, propelling President...
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20 Nov 2009

Republicans blast ‘bait and switch’ health bill

WASHINGTON Digging in for a long struggle, Republican senators and governors assailed the Democrats' newly minted health care legislation Thursday as a collection of tax increases, Medicare cuts and heavy new burdens for deficit-ridden states.
WASHINGTON Digging in for a long struggle, Republican senators and governors assailed the Democrats' newly minted health...

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19 Nov 2009

Reid sets markers for historic health care debate

WASHINGTON Setting up a historic year-end health care debate, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid unveiled long-awaited legislation Wednesday night to extend coverage to all but 6 percent of eligible Americans and bar private industry from denying insurance because of pre-existing medical conditions.
WASHINGTON Setting up a historic year-end health care debate, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid unveiled long-awaited...

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19 Nov 2009

The Wrong Side of History

Critics storm that health care reform is a cruel hoax and a delusion. Ads in 100 newspapers thunder that reform would mean the beginning of socialized medicine.
Critics storm that health care reform is a cruel hoax and a delusion. Ads in 100 newspapers thunder that reform would...

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18 Nov 2009

Michael Moore says Democratsmhealthcare bill is giveaway to insurance industry

In a speech broadcast on Canadian television Tuesday, Michael Moore savaged the Democrats’ healthcare bill, calling it a gift to the health insurance industry, which he argues will make $70 billion more as a result of mandated health insurance. This video is from The Canadian Press, broadcast Nov. 17, 2009. Download video via RawReplay.com
In a speech broadcast on Canadian television Tuesday, Michael Moore savaged the Democrats’ healthcare bill, calling it...

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12 Nov 2009

America’s Defining Choice

President Obama and Congress will soon make defining choices about health care and troops for Afghanistan. These two choices have something in common each has a bill of around $100 billion per year. So one question is whether we re better off spending that money blowing up things in Helmand Province or building up things in America
President Obama and Congress will soon make defining choices about health care and troops for Afghanistan. These two...

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5 Nov 2009

Unhealthy America

We have the greatest health care system in the world. Sure, it has flaws, but it saves lives in ways that other countries can only dream of. Abroad, people sit on waiting lists for months, so why should we squander billions of dollars to mess with a system that is the envy of the world? As Senator Richard Shelby of Alabama puts it, President Obama s plans amount to the first step in destroying the best health care system the world has ever known.
We have the greatest health care system in the world. Sure, it has flaws, but it saves lives in ways that other...
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30 Oct 2009

The Defining Moment

Past efforts to give Americans what citizens of every other advanced nation already have guaranteed access to essential care have ended not with a bang, but with a whimper, usually dying in committee without ever making it to a vote. But this time, broadly similar health-care bills have made it through multiple committees in both houses of Congress. And on Thursday, Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House, unveiled the legislation that she will send to the House floor, where it will almost surely pass. It s not a perfect bill, by a long shot, but it s a much stronger bill than almost anyone expected to emerge even a few weeks ago. And it would lead to near-universal coverage.
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26 Oct 2009

Hiatt on the public option — Talk cloaks political inaction

The "public option" is dangerous not for what it might do but for what it allows the politicians not to do. From the start, the Obama administration has said that health-care reform has to make health care both more accessible and less costly . If Congress does the first without the second -- guarantees a new entitlement without controlling costs -- it will bankrupt us, because health-care costs are rising faster than the overall economy is growing.
The "public option" is dangerous not for what it might do but for what it allows the politicians not to do. From the...

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24 Oct 2009

Pelosi Intensifies Pressure for Public Health Plan

Speaker Nancy Pelosi stepped up the pressure on House Democrats on Friday to support her preferred version of legislation that would require the federal government to sell health insurance in competition with private insurers.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi stepped up the pressure on House Democrats on Friday to support her preferred version of...

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9 Oct 2009

The Baucus Conundrum

The longer the health care debate goes on, the more I become convinced that the American system needs fundamental reform. We need to transition away from a fee-for-service system to one that directs incentives toward better care, not more procedures. We need to move away from the employer-based system, which is eroding year by year. We need to move toward a more transparent system, in which people see the consequences of their choices.
The longer the health care debate goes on, the more I become convinced that the American system needs fundamental...
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5 Oct 2009

The Public Imperative

Back from another trip to Europe, this time Germany, where the same dismay as in France prevails over the U.S. health care debate. Europeans don t get why Americans don t agree that universal health coverage is a fundamental contract to which the citizens of any developed society have a right.
Back from another trip to Europe, this time Germany, where the same dismay as in France prevails over the U.S. health...

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2 Oct 2009

GOP supported public option for property insurance

Countdown’s Keith Olbermann talks about the senators who expressed their opposition to socialized health insurance, yet voted for socialized property insurance. This video is from MSNBC’s Countdown, broadcast Oct. 1, 2009. Download video via RawReplay.com
Countdown’s Keith Olbermann talks about the senators who expressed their opposition to socialized health insurance,...

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30 Sep 2009

Senators Reject Pair of Public Option Proposals

After an intense debate that captured the essence of the national struggle over health care, a pivotal Senate committee on Tuesday rejected two Democratic proposals to create a government insurance plan to compete with private insurers.
After an intense debate that captured the essence of the national struggle over health care, a pivotal Senate committee...
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