December 18th, 2009

December 18: Health Care Reform News

By Kelley Luckstein

TOP STORIES

In Senate Health Showdown, Round Goes to G.O.P.

The New York Times

December 17, 2009

As Senate Democrats struggle to line up 60 votes to pass their health care bill before Christmas. Democrats said Republicans were stalling and obstructing the most important social legislation in decades.

Additional Coverage:

Reid Fights for 60th Vote on Health Bill - The Wall Street Journal

Senate Republicans Vow to Delay Health Care Vote - The Washington Post

Vote by Christmas in Peril - Politico

 

Howard Dean “Health Care Bill Wouldn’t Bring Real Reform”

The Washington Post

December 17, 2009

 

“I know health reform when I see it, and there isn't much left in the Senate bill. I reluctantly conclude that, as it stands, this bill would do more harm than good to the future of America.”

The Health Bill is Scary

The Wall Street Journal

December 17, 2009

 

Tom Coburn recently suggested that seniors will die sooner if Congress actually implements the Medicare cuts in the health care bill put forward by Senator Harry Reid. My colleagues dismissed my concern as a scare tactic. They are wrong. Every American should know that the rationing provisions in the Reid bill will not only reduce their quality of life, but their life spans as well.

 

 

INSURANCE

Senate Plan is Called Too Empowering to Health Insurers

The Washington Post

December 17, 2009

The Senate health care bill could enable insurers to avoid some of the strongest consumer protections and benefit requirements adopted by state governments, Democratic lawmakers from Maine and California say.

Strains Felt in Health Coverage for Jobless

The New York Times

December 17, 2009

 

While lawmakers in Washington continue to debate how to make health care affordable for more Americans, thousands of unemployed are suddenly struggling to hang onto their health coverage.

 

Number of Uninsured Americans Rose in First Six Month of 2009

Healthleaders Media

December 17, 2009

Nearly 60 million people in the U.S. had no health coverage for at least part of an 18-month period between January 2008 and June 2009 - an increase of about 4 million people from previous estimates released in August 2007.

 

TRANSPARENCY/SAFETY

GOP Lawmaker Seeks Documents on Obama Health Care Deal

The Hill

December 16, 2009

 

Rep. Michael Burgess wants the House to require the White House to hand over documents related to compromises reached earlier this year with the pharmaceutical industry, doctors and other stakeholders.

 

 

WELLNESS/CHRONIC CARE

Size Matters:  Physician Adoption of Care Management Tools

Healthpopuli

December 17, 2009

 

The size of a primary care physician practice is a major factor in whether those physicians use care management tools for managing chronic conditions in patients.

 

MEDICARE/MEDICAID

Medicare Payments to Docs:  Here Comes the Two Month Patch

The Wall Street Journal

December 17, 2009

 

All year, Congress has been trying to figure out what to do about the 21% cut in Medicare payments to doctors set to take effect on Jan. 1, 2010. A legislative maneuver would block the cut for two months - a short-term patch tucked inside a big defense spending bill the House passed yesterday.

 

 

REFORM EFFORTS

”Do No Harm!” Petition

Galen Institute

December 17, 2009

 

Fully report of Galen Institute’s “Do No Harm!” petitions delivered yesterday to Senators in a show of opposition to government control over health care.

 

How Joe Lieberman’s ‘No’ Helps President Obama

Politico

December 17, 2009

Sen. Joe Lieberman is taking a thrashing from his former Democratic colleagues and liberal activists for forcing a Medicare expansion out of the health bill. But in the end, Lieberman may have done President Barack Obama one of the biggest favors in the health care debate.

Sorry, Senator Kerry

The New York Times - Op-Ed

December 16, 2009

 

Politicians switch direction all the time, but the Lieberman experience has been weird because he doesn't seem to feel as though he's changed.

 

Doctor-Owned Hospitals Worried Reform Will Cripple Them

Healthleaders Media

December 17, 2009

There's not much love between physician-owned surgical facilities and mainstream hospitals and now provisions in both House and Senate versions of health reform bills would restrict doctor-owned hospitals' ability to expand, prompting the two groups to go at each other again.

MISCELLANEOUS

Democrats’ Blues Grow Deeper in New Poll

The Wall Street Journal

December 17, 2009

 

December's Wall Street Journal/NBC survey showed for the first time, less than half of Americans approved of the job President Barack Obama was doing, marking a steeper first-year fall for this president than his recent predecessors.

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