February 26th, 2010

February 26: Health Care Reform News

By Kelley Luckstein

Medical leaders and patients talk health care

A televised summit involving both Democrats and Republicans Thursday intends to move a proposal to revamp health care closer to reality. But the problems of trying to achieve consensus at the grass roots level remain.

 

MPR's Kerri Miller hosted a forum in the UBS Forum on Feb. 23, which brought together medical leaders and patients to discuss health care reform.

 

Guests:

Robert Nesse, MD: President and CEO of Franciscan Skemp Health.

 

MPR-Midmorning with Kerry Miller 2/25/2010

 

National conference on personalized medicine to address issues in policy, law and ethics

The impact of personalized medicine on the delivery of healthcare now and in the future is the focus of a national conference being sponsored by major players in the field of law, medicine and science on March 8-9, at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix…

 

Personalized medicine will not be a reality without an appreciation of how to integrate the clinical components of personalized medicine within our existing health care structure and all the challenges that go along with such integration," said Katherine Hunt, an Assistant Professor of Medicine, and Coordinator of the Genetic Counseling Program at Mayo Clinic in Arizona.

 

ASU, 2/25/2010

 

TOP STORIES

Obama Bipartisan Health Summit Clears Path to Party-Line Vote

The Bloomberg Report

February 26, 2010

President Obama began yesterday’s health care summit saying he wanted to find bipartisan ways to fix the health care system. By the end of the health care summit, President Obama will pursue a partisan plan costing about $950 billion over 10 years and covering 31 million uninsured Americans.

 

Obama, Democrats Ponder Next Health Care Moves

Reuters

February 26, 2010                                                                                                                                                                                                           

 

Now the White House and congressional Democrats are in the difficult position of deciding whether to force a reform of the $2.5 trillion U.S. health care system through Congress with a simple majority vote - a maneuver Republicans have condemned.

 

After Summit Flop, Democrats Prepare to Go It Alone on Obamacare

The Washington Examiner

February 26, 2010

With no signs of compromise from either side in President Obama's health summit, Democrats prepared a final partisan push for their massive health care plan.

The Aftermath of the Health Care Summit:  Confusion, Conflict

Politico

February 26, 2010

 

Post summit means a democratic party looking to emerge with a clear sense of the path forward instead finding itself in the same old place – fighting the clock to finish health care, with an uncertain timeline, a complex legislative path and no idea if its leaders can muster the votes.

 

 

INSURANCE

RAND:  Obama Reform Plan Would Insure 30 Million, Cost Less Than Congress Plans

HCPro

February 26, 2010

 

The number of uninsured Americans would be reduced by 30 million, or 56%, by 2019 under President Obama's health reform plan, about the same as in the Senate and House versions of health reform proposals, according to a new study released by RAND Health.

 

TRANSPARENCY/SAFETY

After The Summit

The New York Times - Op-Ed

February 26, 2010

The main lesson to draw from Thursday’s health care forum is that differences between Democrats and Republicans are too profound to be bridged. That means that it is up to the Democrats to fix the country’s dysfunctional and hugely costly health care system.

Differences are Clear - And That’s a Start

The Wall Street Journal - Op-Ed

February 26, 2010

 

In seven hours of wrangling, it was possible to discern with some clarity the three basic philosophical disagreements that keep the two sides apart; Is the goal comprehensive or incremental change?, Is access or cost the top priority?, Should government or markets set the standards?

 

At Summit, Republicans Prove They Aren’t Putting America’s Health First

The Washington Post - Op-Ed

February 26, 2010

The most important thing Republicans think is that if there are Americans who can't afford the insurance policies that private insurers are willing to offer, then that's their problem – there's nothing the government or the rest of us should do about it.

 

SCHIP

HHS Offers $100 Million to Improve Children’s Health

Healthleaders Media

February 26, 2010

 

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced $100 million in grants this week for health IT projects in 18 states for children enrolled in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).

 

 

REFORM EFFORTS

Uniting Democrats is Challenge at Health Forum

The New York Times

February 26, 2010

 

After more than six hours of extraordinary debate over health care policy, President Obama had not won over any of the Republicans, and he seemed to end the day largely where he started, with little choice but to try to rally his Democrats to act on their own.

 

Additional Coverage

President Urges Focus on Common Ground - The New York Times

Common Ground at Health Summit Stays Barren - USA Today

No Clear Winner In Seven-Hour Gab Fest - Politico

At Health Care Summit Obama Tells Republicans He’s Eager to Move Ahead - The Washington Post

 

Talks Suffer an Outbreak of Anecdotes

The Wall Street Journal

February 26, 2010

 

Thursday's health care summit revealed a new malady: call it anecdote-itis.

 

Health Summit Shows Divergent Views

USA Today

February 26, 2010

 

All day, one Republican after another urged Obama to start over on health care reform.

 

What Happens Next in Health Care?

Politico

February 26, 2010

 

After a brief period of consultation following the White House health reform summit, congressional Democrats plan to begin making the case next week for a massive, Democrats-only health care plan.

 

Afflicting the Afflicted

The New York Times - Op-Ed

February 26, 2010

 

If we’re lucky, Thursday’s summit will turn out to have been the last act in the great health reform debate, the prologue to passage of an imperfect but nonetheless history-making bill.

 

Not As Dull As Expected!

The New York Times - Op-Ed

February 26, 2010

 

Health care reform probably will not get passed this year. But there were moments, at the most wonky and specific, when the two sides echoed each other.

 

 

EMPLOYERS

The #1 Focus for Employees:  Physical Health, Fiscal Health

Healthpopuli

February 26, 2010

 

Employees/consumers and employers have aligning in mutual self-interest when it comes to health care benefits, costs, and disease management, according to a survey sponsored jointly by Deloitte and the International Society of Certified Employee Benefit Specialists.

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