August 28th, 2009

August 28: Health Care Reform News

By Kelley Luckstein

Editorial: Mayo advances health reform debate

On Tuesday, Mayo Clinic issued two statements that should be required reading for every member of Congress. Indeed, any American who has an interest in health care reform should study Mayo's "Perspective on current health reform issues" and "A Foundation for Health Care Reform Legislation."  

 

President Obama has made it abundantly clear that Mayo Clinic is one of his models for health care reform, so it's entirely appropriate and indeed necessary that Mayo remain out front with clearly stated positions on such hot-button issues as the "public option," payment reform, insurance mandates and end-of-life issues.

 

Post-Bulletin, 08/28/2009

 

TOP STORIES

Tax Cuts Could Get Health Care Back on Track

The Washington Examiner

August 28, 2009

 

The tax code long has stood in the way of helping individuals purchase insurance they can afford, and it’s time to remove those obstacles.

 

Democrats Scramble on Health Reform Post-Kennedy

Reuters

August 29, 2009

 

Apart from depriving Congress of its most effective champion of health care reform, Kennedy's death cost his Democratic party its essential 60th vote in the Senate, the number needed to beat Republican tactical blocking maneuvers.

GOP Poll:  Reform Less Popular than ‘94

Politico

August 28, 2009

 

A new poll shows President Obama's reform plan faces more public skepticism than President Clinton's proposals did in 1994.

Pawlenty Says ‘Ludicrous’ to Claim Stimulus Pivoted Economy

The Bloomberg Report

August 28, 2009

 

Governor Tim Pawlenty charged that President Obama’s $787 billion economic stimulus program still isn’t working and that his health-care overhaul proposal would lead to medical rationing.

 

 

INSURANCE

Care No Better When Insurance Added to Government Plan

Reuters

August 28, 2009

 

As the U.S. grapples with health care reform, a study out of South Korea suggests that private health insurance meant to bolster that country's universal healthcare system seems to have little effect on patients' quality of care.

 

Amid the Acrimony, Congress Has Consensus on Some Health Care Issues

The Los Angeles Times

August 28, 2009

 

Democrats and Republicans actually agree on a bundle of proposals that could make medical insurance better for millions of Americans.

 

Dealing with Being the Health Care ‘Villains’’

The New York Times

August 28, 2009

 

Employees of Humana, the nation’s fourth-largest health insurer, are not pleased at being the focus of criticism by proponents of a health care system overhaul.

 

 

TRANSPARENCY/SAFETY

Americans’ Worries about Paying for Future Health Costs are Rising

Health Populi

August 28, 2009

 

Americans’ confidence in their ability to cover future health costs dramatically declined between June and July 2009.

 

Nancy Pelosi Asks for $100k to Fight ‘Smears’

Politico

August 28, 2009

 

Nancy Pelosi has launched an urgent effort to raise $100,000 by Monday to help combat what she calls GOP "smears" about health care reform.

WELLNESS/CHRONIC CARE

Weak Link Between Family Health Histories, Chronic Conditions

Healthleaders Media

August 28, 2009

The use of family health histories has had important roles over the years in the practice of medicine, however, these histories are now being questioned in patient care scenarios.

 

STATE NEWS

Kline Tells Business Group, ‘It’s Time to Push the Reset Button’

Roll Call

August 27, 2009

 

Rep. John Kline told members of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that Republicans and Democrats should throw out the proposed Democratic and Republican health care bills and start over.

 

Medtronic Defends Payments to Physicians

Star Tribune

August 28, 2009

 

Medtronic Inc., CEO Bill Hawkins defended his company's longstanding practice of collaborating with physicians, although he acknowledged these paid relationships could pose a conflict of interest.

 

 

MEDICARE/MEDICAID

What Medicare Says About Medicare Changes

The New York Times

August 28, 2009

Amid speculation about what a health care overhaul might mean for Medicare, what do the people who actually run the program have to say?

Medicaid System to Detect Fraud, Waste, and Abuse is Full of Holes

Healthleaders Media

August 28, 2009

With serious implications for the government's ability to detect fraud, waste, and abuse in the Medicaid system, an Office of Inspector General report found a lack of timeliness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness of the federal database used for that purpose.

Cardiologists Crying Foul Over Obama Medicare Cuts

The Bloomberg Report

August 28, 2009

 

An Obama administration plan to cut Medicare payments to heart and cancer doctors by $1.4 billion next year is generating a backlash that’s undermining the president’s health care overhaul.

 

 

REFORM EFFORTS

The Health Reform Bills Would be Great for the Business of Health Care

Health Care Policy and Marketplace Review

August 27, 2009

 

Have you noticed how none of the big health care business special interests is running any negative health care reform ads? Why should they when each is poised to gain billions of dollars from it?

 

Kennedy Death Adds Volatile Element to Health Fight

The New York Times

August 28, 2009

 

The death of Senator Edward M. Kennedy became a rallying point for advocates of health care reform and could provide a new tone in the debate.

 

Health Compromise to See Changes Before Vote, House Dems Say

The Wall Street Journal

August 28, 2009

 

Two senior House Democrats said an agreement struck with centrist Blue Dog Democrats in late July on a public health insurance option might be altered before a health care bill reaches the House floor.

 

Reid’s Views on Overhaul Taking Shape

The Las Vegas Sun

August 28, 2009

Harry Reid supports a public option to provide competition and hints he’s against conservatives’ tort reforms.

 What Are Health Insurance Subsidies?

Kaiser Family Foundation

August 28, 2009

 

A short paper released today by the Kaiser Family Foundation explains how government subsidies work in making coverage more affordable, protecting lower income people from high out-of-pocket costs and encouraging broad participation in health insurance.

 

Some Roman Catholic Bishops Assail Obama’s Health Plan

The New York Times

August 28, 2009

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has been lobbying for three decades for the federal government to provide universal health insurance - now a growing number of bishops are speaking out against it.

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