August 14 Health Care Reform News

Posted on August 14th, 2009 by Kelley Luckstein

Mayo official tries to clear up concerns about health care reform

Is the House bill some call Obama's plan, advocating a single payer government run health care system? "Most of the bills focus on getting more people in the system, how they should be covered by a government plan or something else, but nothing out there suggests that anyone is overtly advocating a single payer system," Jeff Korsmo, Executive Director of the Mayo Clinic Health Policy Center, said Thursday.

 

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TOP STORIES

Deficit Plays Into Health Reform

The Washington Post

August 14, 2009

 

Key Republicans and a growing number of Democrats say it will be hard to push an ambitious health reform bill through Congress unless it reduces projected federal spending on medical care and begins to bring the national debt under control.

 

 

Ask the Expert:  Health Reform is Good for Doctors and Patients

American Progress

August 14, 2009

 

A series of interviews with Senator Tom Daschle.

 

Six Lobbyists Per Lawmaker Work to Shape Health Care Overhaul

The Bloomberg Report

August 14, 2009

 

If there is any doubt that President Obama’s plan to overhaul U.S. health care is the hottest topic in Congress, just ask the 3,300 lobbyists who have lined up to work on the issue.

 

Are Democrats Losing August?

Politico

August 14, 2009

 

Grassley's Iowa road show shows just why Democrats feared this August recess.

 

 

 

INSURANCE

Obama and Big Medical:  Too Close?

The Atlantic

August 14, 2009

 

Health care reform is starting to look like a big bailout for the insurance industry to a range of commentators.

 

 

TRANSPARENCY/SAFETY

Senators Investigate Hospital Purchasing

The New York Times

August 14, 2009

Lawmakers eager to broaden health care coverage while holding down costs are examining the institutional market for medical supplies.

 

STATE NEWS

Health Care Credit Cards Causing Some Pain

The Star Tribune

August 14, 2009

 

Health care credit cards are posing new and troubling hazards for sick and stressed consumers.

 

Grand Junction a Microcosm of Efficient Health Care

The Los Angeles Times

August 14, 2009

 

To health care reformers, Grand Junction, CO, is a place that provides high-quality health care at a fraction of the regular price.

 

California Board Votes to Drop Heath Care Coverage for 60,000 Children

The Los Angeles Times

August 14, 2009

 

As a result of California budget cuts, the Healthy Families program will begin terminating coverage for more than 60,000 children on Oct. 1.

 

 

MEDICARE/MEDICAID

Obama Proposal to Create Medicare Panel Meets with Resistance

The New York Times

August 14, 2009

 

The president’s proposal to create a potent rate-setting body modeled on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, is meeting resistance from lawmakers, doctors, hospitals, and older advocates for older Americans.

 

 

REFORM EFFORTS

Obama to Take on Health Care Critics

The Washington Post

August 14, 2009

 

Before he heads out on vacation, President Obama is embarking on a public relations push on health care to rebut “myths” about reform. 

 

Dean:  “There Will Be Primaries” For Dems Who Vote Against Public Option

The Huffington Post

August 14, 2009

 

Howard Dean insisted if the party was unable to produce a health care bill with a public plan, there would be electoral consequences.

 

At Indiana Forum, Skepticism of Overhaul Reigns

The Wall Street Journal

August 14, 2009

 

'Given the government's track record on running various corporations like Amtrak and the Post Office, how can you guys in good conscience decide to run one-seventh of the national economy?'

 

Specter Faces Heat at Latest Town Hall

Roll Call

August 14, 2009

 

Specter faces another angry crowd and difficult questions in Indiana town-hall meeting.

 

Supporters of Health Care Change Prepare Counterattack

The Wall Street Journal

August 14, 2009

Unions and other supporters of the Democratic health program now have plans to confront opponents, including, if necessary, outshouting them at meetings.

 

NEW ADMINISTRATION

Rudy Giuliani:  Obama Failing to Lead

Politico

August 14, 2009

 

Giuliani says Obama faces the first big loss of his presidency on health care for lacking leadership.

 

 

MEDIA AND ADVERTISING

Health Care Showdown Shifts to Television

USA Today

August 14, 2009

 

The health care battle bubbling over in town-hall forums across the country is shifting to television screens as groups on each side of the issue launch multimillion-dollar ad blitzes to influence the debate.

 

Matching E-Mails with E-Mails

Politico

August 14, 2009

 

Both MoveOn.org and the White House are combating the viral campaign against health care by creating their own chain e-mails.

 

 

 

 

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