January 11th, 2010

January 11: Health Care Reform News

By Kelley Luckstein

TOP STORIES

Obama Says Benefits from Health Care Overhaul Would Be Immediate

The New York Times

January 11, 2010

 

President Obama said that Americans would see immediate benefits from an overhaul of the nation's health insurance system and he urged Congress to swiftly reconcile differences over the legislation so it could be signed into law in the coming weeks.

 

The Health Choices Czar

The Wall Street Journal

January 11, 2010

 

The House version of ObamaCare is more destructive than the Senate version, though that's like comparing Krakatoa and Mount Vesuvius.

 

For Dems, May Be Now or Never on Health Care

The San Francisco Chronicle

January 11, 2010

 

Democrats are about to reverse the standard formula for political success by passing unpopular legislation that raises taxes immediately and delays benefits for years, some until after President Obama's first term.

White House Wants Bill by State of the Union

Politico

January 11, 2010

 

White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel said Monday that he expects to see a health care bill on the president's desk by the State of the Union.

 

 

INSURANCE

How Would a New Health Insurance Pool Work?

The Los Angeles Times

January 11, 2010

The Los Angeles Times details who would be eligible for the proposed insurance pool and answers questions about shopping the 'exchange,' and understanding bronze and platinum plans.

 

TRANSPARENCY/SAFETY

Is Sorry the Hardest Word in Health Care?

The New York Times

January 11, 2010

 

Even a decade ago, it was standard practice for many doctors and hospitals not to inform patients about medical errors. Now an increasing number of leading medical centers are taking a different tack and encouraging doctors to apologize to patients for mistakes and to explain what went wrong.

 

 

STATE NEWS

Even in Massachusetts Weak Support for Dem Health Bill

The DC Examiner

January 11, 2010

 

In a state where support for the Democratic national health care plan should be strongest, the current bills making their way through Congress cannot muster majority support.

In Colorado, Craving Reform of Health Care and Congress

The New York Times

January 11, 2010

 

In New York Times interviews conducted with Colorado residents, people from both sides of the political spectrum said they were deeply skeptical about the health care bill being put together by Congress and the White House.

 

 

REFORM EFFORTS

Democrats are Ready to Compromise to Get Health Reform Done

The Washington Post - Op-Ed

January 11, 2010

Reaching agreement on a health care bill is harder in theory than it will be in practice.

 

Stupak Abortion Curbs Fits District

The Wall Street Journal

January 11, 2010

 

Democratic Rep. Bart Stupak's push for restrictions on abortion funding in the health care overhaul is anathema to many liberal supporters of the bill.

 

Learning from Europe

The New York Times - Op-Ed

January 10, 2010

 

Even calmer conservatives have been issuing dire warnings that Obamacare will turn America into a European-style social democracy. And everyone knows that Europe has lost all its economic dynamism.

 

Health Reform, The States, and Medicaid

The New York Times - Op-Ed

January 9, 2010

 

As House and Senate leaders work to forge a consensus bill for final approval, they should look for ways to lessen the Medicaid burden on hard-pressed state budgets and ensure that relief is fairly apportioned.

 

Health Care Bill Excise Tax Likely to Survive, Labor Leader Says

The Hill

January 8, 2010

 

Andy Stern, president of the Service Employees International Union, blasted the proposal to

levy an excise tax on so-called Cadillac health plans as “unfair” to workers but acknowledged that the cards are stacked against striking it from a final bill.

 

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS

Large Price Jumps Reported for Small but Vital Drugs

The New York Times

January 11, 2010

 

Prices for a small but growing number of brand-name drugs have risen more than twofold in recent years as drug makers seek to squeeze greater profits out of often small-selling but vital medicines.

 

NEW ADMINISTRATION

How Long will Rahm Emanual Remain?

Politico

January 11, 2010

 

Top administration officials said they expect Emanuel to remain in the West Wing at least through November’s midterm elections and indicated that he might stay around even longer if the president asks him to help on the run-up to his 2012 re-election bid.

HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Patients’ Wariness Slows Digital Health

MSNBC

January 11, 2010

 

Doctors and medical technology executives said the biggest hurdle to computerizing health care isn’t tradition or Luddism or bureaucracy - it’s the reluctance of consumers to sign on.

 

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