March 4: Health Care Reform News

Posted on March 4th, 2010 by Kelley Luckstein

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Obama Health Care Speech:  It’s Time to Act Now

The Huffington Post

March 4, 2010

 

Appearing before a White House audience of invited guests, Obama firmly rejected calls from Republicans to draft new legislation from scratch. "I don't see how another year of negotiations would help. Moreover, the insurance companies aren't starting over."

 

Additional Coverage

Obama Calls for ‘Up or Down Vote” on Health Care Bill - The New York Times

Obama Calls for Reconciliation to Prevent Filibuster - The Washington Post

President Launches Last Push on Health Care Overhaul - The Wall Street Journal

 

Democrats Would Nix Health Care Over Abortion

Reuters

March 4, 2010

 

A dozen House of Representatives Democrats opposed to abortion are willing to kill President Barack Obama's healthcare reform plan unless it satisfies their demand for language barring the procedure.

 

 

INSURANCE

A Health Insurance Mandate With a Choice

The New York Times - Op-Ed

March 4, 2010

 

The Democrats could let individuals opt out of the new insurance system, without a penalty, by signing a form on their tax return acknowledging that they would then be ineligible for federal health insurance subsidies for a fixed period.

 

 

TRANSPARENCY/SAFETY

How Will The House Vote?

The Wall Street Journal

March 4, 2010

 

At least nine of the 39 Democrats who voted "nay" when the House passed overhaul legislation in November are now undecided or withholding judgment.

 

A Path Forward On How Reconciliation Could Work

The Washington Post

March 4, 2010

 

A graphic on how reconciliation could work and some of the potential complications.

 

 

MEDICARE/MEDICAID

Paul Ryan V. The President

The Wall Street Journal - Op-Ed

March 4, 2010

 

Next month Medicare physician payments are scheduled to be cut by 22% and deeper thereafter; failing to account for this inevitability takes nearly a quarter-trillion dollars off the ObamaCare books and by itself wipes out the "savings" that the White House continues to take credit for.

 

Medicare’s Opportunity to Encourage Innovation in Health Care Delivery

NEJM

March 3, 2010

 

Whatever the fate of current reform proposals, Congress cannot avoid important decisions about Medicare and also needs to support efforts that encourage efficiency improvements in the medical delivery system.

 

 

REFORM EFFORTS

Health Care Reform:  Where Do We Go From Here?

The NEJM

March 3, 2010

 

And truly incremental reform seems to be the only viable strategy. This fact and the realization that the United States has to get serious about slowing spending may be, to borrow a phrase from Al Gore, health care’s inconvenient truths.

 

Senate Moderates Warm to Reconciliation

Roll Call

March 4, 2010

 

Senate Democratic centrists aren’t saying “yes” just yet, but when it comes to passing a crucial piece of the health care reform puzzle, party leaders have reason to be optimistic that enough of their most fickle Members will put them over the top.

 

Democrats Hope to Finish Writing Health Bill This Week

Roll Call

March 4, 2010

 

Several Democratic sources said the goal is to get a completed health reform bill to the Congressional Budget Office for an official cost estimate by Friday, with a hope that CBO could score the bill within a week or so.

 

The Democrats’ Last Ditch - Reconciliation or Bust

NEJM

March 3, 2010

 

Democrats now assert that using reconciliation to enact a Democratic health care reform proposal “would be an unprecedented, dangerous and historic mistake.” Nevertheless, Democrats believe it is their only remaining hope for securing approval of President Barack Obama’s major domestic initiative.

 

The Democrats Choice

The New York Times - Op-Ed

March 4, 2010

 

It’s up to congressional Democrats to move legislation forward or throw away a once-in-a-generation opportunity to fix this country's broken health care system.

 

The Republicans Big Lie about Reconciliation

The Washington Post - Op-Ed

March 4, 2010

 

Republicans, however, don't want to talk much about the substance of health care. They want to discuss process, turn 'reconciliation' into a four-letter word and maintain that Democrats are 'ramming through' a health bill.

 

W.H. Warns Dems: Don’t Flip- Flop

Politico

March 4, 2010

 

Two senior administration officials said the White House is telling Democrats reconsidering their support for health care reform that they will pay the price for their original vote no matter what happens, so they should reap the political benefits of actually passing a law.

 

 

HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

AMA Teams With UnitedHealth, Dell To Push Electronic Health Records

The Chicago Tribune

March 4, 2010

 

The American Medical Association has formed a partnership with UnitedHealth Group's Ingenix subsidiary to help physicians adopt and implement electronic health records.

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