November 6th, 2009

November 6: Health Care Reform

By Kelley Luckstein

TOP STORIES

Democrats Worried About Health Care Defections

The Washington Post

November 6, 2009

House Democratic leaders were struggling to contain uprisings on the hot-button issues of abortion and immigration that have left them little margin for error as they attempt to push through a massive health care reform bill this weekend.

Additional Coverage:

House Democrats Seek Allies for Health Care Vote - The New York Times

Democrats Pose Health Bill Hurdle - The Wall Street Journal

 

White House Back House Bill

Politico

November 6, 2009

 

A statement of administration policy will lay out the reasons that President Obama endorses the House bill but does not favor the House bill over legislation being drafted in the Senate.

 

House Bill Garners Endorsements

The Wall Street Journal

November 6, 2009

 

House Democrats' health bill got a boost Thursday with endorsements by AARP and the American Medical Association, which President Barack Obama seized on to push for support with hours ticking down before a scheduled vote Saturday evening on the House floor.

 

Additional Coverage:

AARP Endorses House Health Bill - The Washington Post

 

 

INSURANCE

Congress Takes Aim At Insurer Profits

Healthleaders Media

November 6, 2009

 

As Congress appears on the verge of a historic moment with health care reform, it is also preparing to take on the insurance industry over costs and profits, regardless of what happens with reform.

 

Health Insurance Tax = Higher Wages?

CNN Money

November 6, 2009

 

If expensive health plans are taxed, economists assume the tax would be passed on to workers. But they also assume the tax would raise wages.

 

 

TRANSPARENCY/SAFETY

Could Delays Jeopardize Health Overhaul?

Kaiser Health News

November 6, 2009

 

If there isn't a bill on Obama’s desk by Christmas, Obama supporters fear lawmakers could face a repeat of the brutal August town hall meetings where angry constituents railed against a government-run "public plan".

 

 

WELLNESS/CHRONIC CARE

Commonwealth Fund:  U.S.  Health Care is Lagging Behind Other Countries

Healthleaders Media

November 6, 2009

 

When it comes to paying for health care, the United States tops the list as having the highest spending per capita ($7,290), while lagging behind in access, quality, and use of health information technology.

 

With Doctors in Short Supply Responsibilities for Nurses May Expand

The New York Times

November 6, 2009

 

In many states, nurse practitioners perform medical services once provided only by primary care doctors and if the health care system is overhauled, patients and practitioners are likely to face a primary care bottleneck.

 

 

REFORM EFFORTS

The Republican Health Plan

The New York Times - Op-Ed

November 5, 2009

House Republican leaders have produced their own health care reform bill. Here is the first thing you need to know: It would do almost nothing to reduce the scandalously high number of Americans who have no insurance and it makes only a token stab at slowing the relentlessly rising costs of medical care.

C.L. Gray:  Is Obamacare the End of Hippocratic Medicine?

The Washington Examiner- Op-Ed

November 6, 2009

Strangely absent from today's health care debate is a discussion of the patient/physician relationship. This is remarkable. We may soon witness the end of Hippocratic medicine in America.

Activists Bring Tea Party To Capitol Hill

The Washington Post

November 6, 2009

 

An estimated 10,000 conservative activists descended on Capitol Hill on Thursday for a campaign-style rally in a last-ditch effort to defeat a bill they demonized as "Pelosi-Care."

 

Additional Coverage:

Thousands Rally to Protest Health Care Bill - The Boston Globe

 

Temps Rising on Health Care:  Pelosi Sees Win; GOP Demands Price Tag

The Hill

November 6, 2009

 

Speaker Nancy Pelosi predicted she will get the votes needed to pass health care reform as Republicans scrambled Thursday to obtain a cost estimate they believe could derail the bill.

 

Nancy Pelosi is Still Dealing As Vote Nears

Politico

November 6, 2009

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has conjured up plenty of old ghosts since launching the health care fight back in July, invoking Democrats who laid the foundation for this year’s push like Franklin Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman.

 

MISCELLANEOUS

Unemployment Rates Hits 10.2%

CNN Money

November 6, 2009

The unemployment rate spiked to its highest level since 1983, much worse than expected as employers continue to trim jobs despite other signs of growth.

 

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