December 24th, 2009

December 24: Health Care Reform News

By Kelley Luckstein


Senate Health Care Bill Passes

USA Today

December 24, 2009


After 25 consecutive days of debate, the U.S. Senate today approved sweeping health care legislation, moving a goal that has eluded Democratic presidents since Franklin Roosevelt closer to enactment than ever before.


Additional Coverage:

Senate Passes Health Care Bill - The New York Times

Senate Approves Landmark Bill - The Washington Post


Sunrise Vote Opens Next Health Phase


December 24, 2009

The 7 a.m. vote ends the bill’s arduous 25-consecutive day slog through the Senate, a record surpassed only by a 26-day streak in 1917 as the Senate debated entering World War I.

Will the Senate Health Bill Tame Costs?

CNN Money

December 24, 2009

The Senate bill would do more than any proposal yet to reduce the deficit over time - but reducing the deficit is not entirely synonymous with reducing the growth rate in health care costs and expenditures, often referred to as "bending the cost curve."

Senate Health Care Vote:  New Partisan Vitriol

The New York Times

December 24, 2009


The Senate’s health care reform marked something: the culmination of more than a generation of partisan polarization of the American political system, and a precipitous decline in collegiality and collaboration in governing. 


When the Changes Could Take Effect

The Wall Street Journal

December 24, 2009


For consumers, the most confusing part of the health care bill may be when and if they will see its benefits.



How Will the Senate Bill Impact the Insurance Companies and Their Customers?

Health Care Policy & Marketplace Review

December 23, 2009


How will the Senate bill impact health insurance companies and their customers?  Even better, how will it impact a not-for-profit health plan that continually wins the country's top awards for member services and with historic profits of less than 1% of premium?



Obama Accused of Abandoning Health Care Principles in New Ad

The Huffington Post

December 24, 2009


“President Obama should frankly feel ashamed that he promised Americans a public option, got people to believe real change was possible, and then never truly fought for it " said Adam Green, co-founder, Progressive Change Campaign Committee.


Health Care Reform:  How the Bills Stack Up

The Washington Post

December 24, 2009


A comparison of the two health care bills.



Nebraska Governor to Ben Nelson:  Keep the Money


December 24, 2009


Nebraska’s Republican governor has a stern message for Ben Nelson, we don’t want Washington to cover all the costs of the proposed expansion of Medicaid under health care legislation.



Obama Defends Health Bill in Pre-Vacation Media Blitz

The Washington Post

December 24, 2009


Hours before he leaves for a Hawaiian vacation, President Obama said he expects a final health care deal to include taxes on wealthy individuals as well as surcharges on expensive, so-called "Cadillac" health care plans.


What to Expect When You’re Expecting Health Reform


December 24, 2009


Even as a health reform bill passes, remember Confucius, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.


Senate and House in Search of Health Care Compromise

The Washington Post

December 24, 2009


While the Senate has decisively rejected the "public option," House leaders say they will demand other concessions to ensure that Americans can afford the insurance they will be required to buy if the bill becomes law.



Drug Makers Hope to Avoid Bitter Pill in Final Legislation

The Wall Street Journal

December 24, 2009


After helping torpedo the Clinton healthcare plan 15 years ago, the pharmaceutical industry has largely held its tongue this time.



Firms Warn of Cuts to Benefits

The Wall Street Journal

December 24, 2009


Some of the biggest employers in the U.S. are warning that a provision in the Senate's proposed health care overhaul could lead to cuts in retiree benefits and a sharp reduction in reported earnings next year.



Doctors Seek Out Cure for Inefficiency

The Chicago Tribune

December 24, 2009


All the consolidation that took place in the health care industry in 2009 could have a surprising benefit for patients: greater strides toward efficiencies in customer service

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