November 19: Health Care Reform News

Posted on November 20th, 2009 by Kelley Luckstein

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Senate Democrats Health Plan Seeks to Add Coverage to 21 Million

The New York Times

November 19, 2009

 

Senate Democratic leaders unveiled their legislation titled ‘The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’ that would cover most of the uninsured while reducing the federal budget deficit.

 

Additional Coverage:

Showdown Set for Health Bill - The Wall Street Journal

Senate Unveils Health Care Bill - The Washington Post

Reid Lays Out $849B Senate Health Care Bill - USA Today

Reid Plan Ups Pressure on Moderates - Politico

 

Daschle:  Health Reform Has 60 Percent Chance of Passing

Fierce Healthcare

November 18, 2009

 

Recently, Tom Daschle announced to a health care conference he believes that health reforms have no more than a 60 percent chance of passing.

 

 

TRANSPARENCY/SAFETY

Health-Care Reform:  How the Bills Stack Up

The Washington Post

November 19, 2009

 

A look at how Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s health care bill compares with the House bill passed Nov. 7.

 

Industry Influence on Comparative-Effectiveness Research Funded Through Health Care Reform

The New England Journal of Medicine

November 18, 2009

 

Comprehensive health care should reduce the use of ineffective and suboptimal medical interventions and investigations in order to improve medical care and reduce wasted expense. To do that effectively, we need data on the comparative effectiveness of therapies and medical tests, which unfortunately we currently lack.

 

Lobbying, Campaign Contributions, and Health Care Reform

The New England Journal of Medicine

November 18, 2009

 

With health care reform in the air, interest groups are spending huge sums of money to influence the final legislation and other matters pending in Washington.

 

 

WELLNESS/CHRONIC CARE

White House Backs Off Cancer Test Guidelines

The Washington Post

November 19, 2009

 

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said that the controversial new guidelines for breast cancer screening do not represent government policy.

 

STATE NEWS

Minnesota-Based HCMC to Reduce Charity Care, Cut Jobs

The Star Tribune

November 18, 2009

 

Due to a loss of Minnesota health care funds, Hennepin County Medical Center plans to stop seeing uninsured, nonemergency patients from other counties, cut 150 to 200 jobs, and close two clinics on its downtown campus.

 

REFORM EFFORTS

Joe Lieberman Slams Public Option:  Taunts Critics

Politico

November 19, 2009

 

Senator Joe Lieberman’s threat to filibuster any health care bill with a public option could kill health reform this year and embolden Democratic challengers who’d like to send him packing in 2012.

 

Health Care Reform - A Republican View

The New England Journal of Medicine

November 18, 2009

 

The reform proposals pending in Congress would make a bad situation worse.

 

The Consequences of “No”

The New England Journal of Medicine

November 18, 2009

 

If history is a guide, equal scrutiny should be given to another health care legislative possibility - a “no” vote that preserves the status quo.

 

Nelson:  I’m Comfortable Being Lone Democrat to Derail Reform

The Huffington Post

November 19, 2009

Ben Nelson, a key conservative Senate Democrats, is pleased with the changes party leadership had made to health care legislation, but is comfortable being the lone Democrat to prevent the bill from overcoming a Republican filibuster.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS

Rising Prices of Drugs Lead to Call for Inquiry

The New York Times

November 19, 2009

 

Responding to news reports of unusually high wholesale price increases in brand-name prescription drugs, four House leaders and one senator asked for government reviews of the pricing practices.

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