January 14th, 2010

January 14: Health Care Reform News

By Kelley Luckstein


Obama and Lawmakers Seek Accord on Health Care

The New York Times

January 14, 2010


With a growing sense of urgency, President Obama and top Congressional Democrats held a marathon negotiating session on Wednesday in an effort to thrash out agreements on sweeping health care legislation.


Additional Coverage

Obama Joins Congressional Leaders in Talk to Work Out Health Care Kinks - The Washington Post

Democrats Make ‘Significant’ Progress in Health Talks - The Wall Street Journal

Obama Pushes for Health Bill Deal - Politico


Daschle Handicaps the Final Health Bill

The New York Times

January 13, 2010


Tom Daschle makes predictions for the final health bill yesterday at the JP Morgan's annual health care conference.



Senators Call for Repeal of Insurers’ Antitrust Exemption

The New York Times

January 13, 2010


Senator Patrick J. Leahy and 18 other senators sent a letter to President Obama and Democratic Congressional leaders urging them to repeal the limited exemption for insurers from federal antitrust laws as part of the final version of major health care legislation.



Baucus:  Why Health Care is Expensive

The New York Times

January 13, 2010


To continue the conversation about why health care in America is so expensive and what the legislation emerging in Washington would or would not do about it, the Prescriptions blog asked Senator Max Baucus to answer a few questions.


Full Report from Moderate Democrat Think Tank

Third Way

January 14, 2010


Today, moderate Dem think tank Third Way will release a report on reform that finds over the next 15 years: American businesses will collectively spend $684 billion less on health insurance premiums; workers will spend $190 billion less on premiums and Medicare spending growth will slow by more than one percentage point.



Proposals Clash on States’ Role in Health Plans

The New York Times

January 14, 2010


Should someone in Idaho or Nevada have significantly different health care coverage from someone in Massachusetts? That is one of the biggest questions Congress will be wrestling.


Wisconsin health Official Says Hospital Tax a Success

The Chicago Tribune

January 14, 2010


Wisconsin hospitals paid the state $382 million more in the first year of a new tax on their revenues - a great success as it allowed the state to collect $1.65 in federal reimbursements for Medicaid for every $1 taxed.



Tax Expansion Could Pay for Health Care Overhaul

The Los Angeles Times

January 14, 2010


Democratic congressional leaders are considering applying the Medicare payroll tax not just to wages but to capital gains, dividends and other forms of unearned income.



The Constitutionality of the Individual Mandate for Health Care


January 13, 2010


The constitutional test is whether Congress could reasonably conclude that its taxing and spending programs promote the general welfare of the country.


Uncomfortable Arithmetic, Whom to Cover - Versus What to Cover


January 13, 2010


Policymakers and patient advocates are reluctant to acknowledge that in a world of scarce resources it will not be enough to eliminate waste: we will have to make active choices in our public insurance programs between increasing the number of people covered and increasing the generosity of that coverage.



Reid Faces Battle in Washington and At Home

The New York Times - Magazine Preview

January 12, 2010


The health care negotiations demonstrated Reid’s command of the Senate and his sway among his fellow Democrats which contrasts with his perhaps equally remarkable inability to master other elements of the contemporary politician’s game.



“Play-or-Pay” Insurance Reform for Employers, Confusion and Inequity


January 13, 2010


Rather than fostering transparency, the play-or-pay approach results in confusion about who is paying how much for what coverage, would not address existing inequities, and could add further inequities to our system.

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