October 1, 2009

October 1: Health Care Reform Coverage

By Kelley Luckstein

Top stories


Health Bill Survives Attacks - Vote by Week's End?

AP/The Washington Post
Oct. 1, 2009


A White House-backed overhaul of the nation's health care system weathered repeated challenges from Republican critics over taxes, abortion and more on Wednesday, and the bill's architect claimed enough votes to push it through the Senate Finance Committee as early as week's end.


Health Care May Hit House, Senate Floor Mid-Month

AP/The Washington Post

Oct. 1, 2009


Historic health care legislation could be on the floor of both houses of Congress as early as mid-October.


Carper Quietly Devises Third Option

Oct. 1, 2009


Tom Carper is emerging as a backroom mediator on the most divisive element of the health care overhaul, proposing a so-called third way that several key senators said Wednesday could provide the blueprint for compromise in the Senate bill.




A Study Looks at Deaths After Surgery

The New York Times
Sept. 30, 2009


Researchers found that death rates varied widely from hospital to hospital, but complication rates did not vary significantly.


State news


Mass: Compliance Uneven on Health Care Law

The Boston Globe
Oct. 1, 2009

Audits of select Massachusetts businesses suggest that a substantial number may not be providing workers the health coverage required by the state’s landmark 2006 insurance law.



Rate of Enrollment in Medicaid Rose Rapidly, Report Says

The New York Times
Sept. 30, 2009


Agency directors fear that lawmakers will need to find more money or cut benefits or payments to doctors and hospitals.


Reform efforts


House Leaders Trying to Give All Democrats a Say

The New York Times
Sept. 30, 2009


Despite their majority in the House, Democratic leaders trying to pass health care legislation must bridge big cracks in their ranks, especially over taxes and abortion.


Reid Cancels October Recess to Focus Lawmakers on Healthcare

The Hill

Sept. 30, 2009


Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has cancelled the Senate’s Columbus Day recess so that lawmakers can focus on passing healthcare reform legislation during the week of Oct. 12. Reid said the Senate would likely take up healthcare legislation on the chamber floor that week.


Obama And Big Health: Who's Co-Opting Whom?


Sept. 30, 2009


In the still-evolving health care overhaul effort, are the doctors, pharmaceutical industry and insurers winning, by negotiating good deals for themselves? Or is this a success for the administration, because these groups are still in the game?


Prescription drugs


Prescriptions Now Biggest Cause of Fatal Drug Overdoses

USA Today
Sept. 30, 2009


Addiction to prescription painkillers — which kill thousands of Americans a year — has become a largely unrecognized epidemic, experts say.




Swiss Health Care Thrives Without Public Option

The New York Times
Sept. 30, 2009


Experts on the Swiss system suggest it would deliver much of what Washington is aiming to accomplish.

Tags: health care reform, Health Policy, healty policy

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