January 15th, 2010

January 15: Health Care Reform News

By Kelley Luckstein

TOP STORIES

Accord Reached on Insurance Tax for Costly Plans

The New York Times

January 15, 2010

 

The White House, Congressional leaders and labor unions reached agreement on a proposal to tax high-cost health insurance policies, resolving one of the major differences between the House and the Senate over far-reaching health legislation.

 

Additional Coverage

White House Nears Deal on Health Care - The Washington Post

Unions Cut Special Deal on Health Taxes - The Wall Street Journal

The White House and the Unions Have a Deal - Time

White House Scores Key Labor Deal - Politico

 

Massachusetts Vote Could Threaten US Health Reform

Reuters

January 15, 2010

 

Voter disenchantment in liberal Massachusetts with President Barack Obama's policies has turned a Senate election into a nail-biter that could imperil U.S. health care reform.

‘Cadillac’ Tax on Hatchback Care?

The Boston Globe

January 15, 2010

 

The proposed Senate health bill’s surcharge on high-cost plans could eventually end up hitting middle class, hard.

 

STATE NEWS

Plan to Cover Health Care for Needy is Unfair

Minneapolis Star Tribune

January 15, 2010

 

Hennepin County, MN, officials said a plan to charge Minnesota counties extra to cover health care for their neediest residents would have an unfair impact on the state's largest county and biggest public hospital.

 

MEDICARE/MEDICAID

Hey, Doctors:  Walgreens Also Says Medicaid Doesn’t Pay Enough

The Wall Street Journal

January 15, 2010

 

Walgreens is threatening to stop filling Medicaid prescriptions at 64 of its 121 pharmacies in Washington State because of state cuts in payments.

 

REFORM EFFORTS

Obama Pledges Campaign for Health Care Bill and Democrats

The Washington Post

January 15, 2010

With unemployment hovering in the double digits and House Democrats eager to move on to the politically crucial task of job creation, President Obama pledged Thursday to publicly champion the health care legislation that in the past year has consumed much of their attention and often made them targets.

Additional Coverage

Obama Soothes Anxious Dems - Politico

‘Very Angry’ Democrats Sound Alarm - Politico

 

The Health Lady Has Yet to Sing

The Wall Street Journal - Op-Ed

January 14, 2010

 

A vote flip now would be an invitation to be singled out, a la Blanche Lincoln, as the individual who brought the nation ObamaCare.

 

Democrats See Progress on Health Care Bill Compromise

USA Today

January 15, 2010

 

President Obama agreed to soften a proposed tax on high-cost insurance plans, but work continues on several remaining sticking points in the health care legislation including the thorny issue of abortion.

 

 

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS

Democrats Seek Added $10 Billion from Drug Firms

The Wall Street Journal

January 15, 2010

 

Congressional Democrats finalizing a health overhaul have asked drug companies to contribute an additional $10 billion and possibly more over a decade to help cover the cost.

 

Health Care Reform Should Put an End to Pay-For-Delay by Drug Companies

The Washington Post - Op-Ed

January 15, 2010

 

A loophole in existing law allows manufacturers of brand-name drugs to pay competitors to keep cheaper, generic versions off the market. If there's to be health-care reform this year, it ought to close that loophole.

 

Obama Talks Biotech Treatment Protections with Dems

Politico

January 15, 2010

 

President Obama told House Democrats he wants to reduce the amount of time certain biotechnology treatments are protected under an agreement in both the House and Senate bills.

 

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