January 27th, 2010

January 27: Health Care Reform News

By Kelley Luckstein

TOP STORIES

Democrats Put Lower Priority on Health Bill

The New York Times

January 27, 2010

 

With no clear path forward on major health care legislation, Democratic leaders in Congress effectively slammed the brakes on President Obama’s top domestic priority on Tuesday.

 

Additional Coverage

Democrats Slow Efforts On Health - The Wall Street Journal

Democrats Pull Back on Health Care - USA Today

Dems Have Slammed the Brakes on Obamacare - The Washington Examiner

Democrat Reid Says “No Rush” on Health Bill - Reuters

 

Don’t Give Up Now

The New York Times - Op-Ed

January 25, 2010

 

There is no question that without a filibuster-proof majority it will be a lot harder to pass a health care bill; but, it should not be impossible if Congressional Democrats and the White House show courage and creativity.

 

INSURANCE

Liberals Working to Resurrect the Public Option

Politico

January 27, 2010

 

A liberal group is trying to resurrect the public health insurance option as a way to kick start the stalled health care reform debate.

 

TRANSPARENCY/SAFETY

Nearly Half the Public Want a New Bill

CNN Poll

January 27, 2010

 

According to a national CNN Opinion Poll, only three in ten Americans say they want Congress to pass legislation similar to the health care reform bills that have already been approved by the House and Senate.

 

WELLNESS/CHRONIC CARE

Hospitals Where Patients Are More Likely to Make It Out Alive

Fierce Healthcare

January 26, 2010

 

More than 150,000 Medicare patient deaths and 13,000 inhospital complications could be avoided each year if all hospitals performed as well as those ranked in the top five percent nationally.

MEDICARE/MEDICAID

How Much Will Medicare Spending Rise in the Coming Decade?

The Wall Street Journal

January 27, 2010

 

The CBO budget report says the growth in Medicare and Medicaid spending during the next decade will be somewhat slower than the average rate seen over the past 10 years.

 

REFORM EFFORTS

Democrats Woo Snowe, Collins in Hope of Saving Health Reform Legislation

The Hill

January 27, 2010

 

Centrist Democratic senators have circumvented party leadership to approach Maine GOP Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins about reviving health care talks.

 

Podesta:  Forget The House, Health Care’s On the Senate

TPDM

January 27, 2010

 

The man who chaired Barack Obama's transition to the presidency has a message for the Senate: The House won't pass your health care bill until you take action first - so it's on you.

 

Democrats Must Find Their Voice on Health Care Reform

The Los Angeles Times - Op-Ed

January 27, 2010

 

Jettisoning health care after a full year, make that after 75 years, raises a killer question for the campaign trail: Do the Democrats stand for anything?


NEW ADMINISTRATION

Obama’s Lengthy To-Do List

The Washington Post

January 27, 2010

 

President Obama’s to-do list is anything but modest - set a course for health care, redouble his commitment to jobs, vow to reduce the budget deficit, announce a new education policy and combat a rising tide of public cynicism about his administration.

 

HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Health IT Czar Rethinks National Data Exchange

Information Week

January 27, 2010

 

Transcript of interview with David Blumenthal M.D. regarding his rethinking of national data exchange.

 

As Health Files Go Digital, Patients May Spot Unpleasant Surprises

The Huffington Post

January 26, 2010

 

Some doctors feel that disclosing too much medical information without a full explanation of what it means may needlessly upset patients and potentially do more harm than good.

 

MISCELLANEOUS

Health and Economic Stability:  A Bill Gates Alert

Healthpopuli

January 26, 2010

 

“We've lost sight, in the past year of health reform discussions in the U.S., on the interrelationship between health and economic sustainability. It's not only true in the developing world; it's also true in DC, Philly, East L.A., and Minneapolis.”

 

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