January 28th, 2010

January 28: Health Care Reform News

By Kelley Luckstein

TOP STORIES

Health Care Gives Way

The New York Times

January 28, 2010

 

After spending 2009 emphasizing that a health care overhaul was his top domestic priority, Mr. Obama gave it much less prominence in his address, a sign of how imperiled the bill has become.

 

Obama Bids for Rebound

The Wall Street Journal

January 28, 2010

To move forward, Democrats will have to decide that abandoning the health care overhaul carries greater political risks.

Obama Message Turns from Hope to Cope

USA Today

January 28, 2010

 

The health care bill President Obama once demanded be passed last fall is in legislative limbo, and while he called action essential, he didn't outline a strategy to push it through.

 

Obama Tries to Salvage Health Care Bill

The Huffington Post

January 28, 2010

 

"Do not walk away from reform," Obama pleaded. "Not now. Not when we are so close. Let us find a way to come together and finish the job for the American people.

 

Obama on Health Care: Encouragement but not Priority

The Washington Post

January 28, 2010

With Democrats clamoring for Obama to focus on job creation and the economy, Obama said lawmakers should let "temperatures cool" and then take a fresh look at his health care plan.

 

 

INSURANCE

Avoiding Side Effects in Implementing Health Insurance Reform

NEJM

January 28, 2010

 

All U.S. health insurance reform proposals currently being discussed now include changes in the way insurers treat some people with above-average health risks, without which insurers would be subject to substantial adverse selection, but what are the side effects?

 

 

STATE NEWS

The Message from Massachusetts

Kaiser Family Foundation

January 27, 2010

To test the assumption that the Massachusetts vote was actually a referendum on national health reform, Kaiser Family Foundation conducted a post-election poll of Massachusetts revealing the story of health care and the special election is far more nuanced than some made it out to be. 

 

MEDICARE/MEDICAID

Medicare/Medicaid Spending a National Threat

Fierce Healthcare

January 27, 2010

 

The Congressional Budget Office cites federal health care spending as "the single greatest threat" to the United States' budget stability.

REFORM EFFORTS

Nancy Pelosi Floats Two-Track Health Reform

Politico

January 28, 2010

 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday floated the idea of a two-track plan for health care reform, with Congress pursuing easier-to-pass incremental changes now and comprehensive reform later.

House Sent Senate $300-Billion Reconciliation Package

Politico

January 28, 2010

 

House Democratic leaders have sent their Senate counterparts a package of changes to the Senate bill that would add $300 billion to the legislation’s cost, an “irrational” proposal that has Senate Democrats questioning whether the House is setting their chamber up to fail.

 

Medicine’s Ethical Responsibility for Health Care Reform-The Top Five List

NEJM

January 27, 2010

 

How can physicians, alone among the “special interests” affected by health care reform, justify demanding protection from revenue losses?

 

Press Ahead or Scale Back? The Reform Effort After the GOP Victory in Massachusetts

NEJM

January 27, 2010

 

Ultimately, one way or another, Congress and the White House will find their way to incremental health reforms - how the U.S. electorate generally prefers its policymakers to approach change.

 

American Values and Health Care Reform

NEJM

January 27, 2010

 

Serious concern for the values of quality, efficiency, and health underscore the need to ensure good stewardship of our health care dollars.

 

The President Came to a Fork in the Road and He Took It.

Healthcare Policy & Marketplace Review

January 27, 2010

 

The President came to a fork in the road tonight on health care reform - listening to his speech he seems to be taking both forks.

 

 

EMPLOYERS

Employers, Employees Concerned Health Reform Would Lead to Higher Overall Costs

Healthleaders Media

January 28, 2010

 

A significant majority of employers believe that the current health care reform proposals would lead to higher costs for both employer-sponsored benefit programs and health care services.

 

 

HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Political Earthquakes, Health Care Reform and Health IT

iHealth Beat

January 26, 2010

 

Health care reform might advance in a limited version (if at all), but it will have little direct consequence on health IT policy or funding.

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