October 12, 2009

October 12: Health Care Reform News

By Kelley Luckstein


Watering Down the Public Option


October 11, 2009


Groping for a way out of a political bind, Democrats are defining down what constitutes a government-run insurance plan and by extension, what it takes to declare victory.


For Obama, Selling Health Care is Now an Inside-Outside Game

The New York Times

October 12, 2009

Obama’s new, niche-marketing phase is aimed at securing the votes of 60 senators and holding together a coalition of wary industry groups like the drug and insurance companies who have made their own deals. 

Health Plan’s Effect on Costs May Be Slight

The Boston Globe

October 12, 2009

Despite promises by President Obama and Democratic leaders that their health care overhaul would lower costs, the proposals before Congress would probably not cut overall U.S. health care spending significantly anytime soon.  

The Truth About the Baucus Bill Part One

The Washington Examiner

October 11, 2009


Advocates in the White House, Congress and the newsroom of the New York Times were elated this week when a Congressional Budget Office statement said the health care reform bill by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., would cut the federal deficit by $81 billion annually. But two words in the CBO statement "Preliminary Analysis" demonstrate that such celebrations were not only premature, but fundamentally misleading.



Insurance Mandates Draw Flack from Both Sides

The Wall Street Journal

October 10, 2009


Proposals that would require Americans to buy health insurance are under fire from both ends of the political spectrum.


Is the Insurance Industry Declaring War?

The New Republic

October 12, 2009


The AHIP report makes clear that several major provisions in the current legislative proposal will cause health care costs to increase far faster and higher than they would under the current system. 


Additional Coverage:

New Bill Would Raise Rates, Says Insurance Groups - The Washington Post

Insurance Industry Assails Health Care Industry - The New York Times

AHIP Report to Take Whack at SFC Bill; UPDATE:  WH Feels “Misled” - Politico

PwC Full Report - Senate Proposal Will Significantly Accelerate Health Care Cost Increases - The Washington Post



World Should Catch Up with Our Health Care

Real Clear Politics

October 12, 2009

The next time you see one of these authors preaching we really ought to catch up with the rest of the advanced world on health care, make the opposite case and know the rest of the world ought to catch up with us.


Democrats Heed Dole’s Objection and Kill TV Ad

The New York Times

October 11, 2009

At the request of former Senator Bob Dole, Democrats are scrapping plans to broadcast a new commercial that touted Republicans speaking in support of overhauling the health care system.


Nothing to Fear but the Flu Itself

The New York Times Op-ED

October 12, 2009


Public health officials are now battling not only a fast-spreading influenza virus but also unfounded fears about the vaccine that can prevent it.



Minnesota Nurses Rally against State Health Care Costs

The Star Tribune

October 12, 2009


Minnesota nurses are protesting Gov. Tim Pawlenty's move to eliminate subsidized health care for more than 30,000 low-income adults..


Massachusetts Plan May Place Limits on Patients’ Hospital Options

The Boston Globe

October 12, 2009

Massachusetts' plan to shake up how providers are paid could have a hidden price for patients: Controlling the state's soaring medical costs may require residents to give up their freedom to go to any hospital and specialist they want.


The Painful, Enlightening Task of Choosing Health Benefits One by One

The Wall Street Journal Market Watch

October 11, 2009


Editorial on a recent simulation with Choosing Health Plans All Together (CHAT) to forge health consensus for the United States.


Adding Tort Reform To Health Care Reform Could Lower Costs

Health Leaders Media

October 12, 2009

Based on new research, total national health care spending could drop by about 0.5% or $11 billion in 2009 if tort reform was enacted by 2010, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).

Lobbyists Fight Last Big Plans to Fight Health Care Costs

The New York Times

October 10, 2009

As the health care debate moves to the floor of Congress, many proposals to fulfill President Obama's original vow to curb costs have fallen victim to organized interests and parochial politics.

Senate Prospects for Health Care Co-Ops Dim

The Hill

October 11, 2009

The prospects for setting up membership-run health care co-ops, an idea favored by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.), are growing dimmer in the Senate.

Key Committee Members in the Health Care Vote

USA Today

October 12, 2009


If a health bill passes, benefits are not necessarily immediate.



Customer-Driven Medicine:  How to Create a New Health Care System


October 12, 2009


A recently released paper that outlines a vision for a new health care system based on mobile Health (mHealth), remote monitors, electronic medical records, social networking sites, video conferencing, and Internet-based recordkeeping.

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