Tag: Morning Headlines

July 16, 2009

Los Angeles Times: Senate panel approves healthcare overhaul “The Senate Health Committee, approving major healthcare legislation for the first time in 15 years, put forward a sweeping plan Wednesday to provide nearly every American with insurance regardless of income or medical condition and to create a government program to compete directly with private insurers.” The Washington Post: Obama Eyes The Purse Strings for Medicare “At the same time President Obama is asking members of Congress to take one of the [...]

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July 15, 2009

The Hill: Healthcare reform advances “Congressional Democrats moved the ball forward on healthcare reform Tuesday, introducing a $1 trillion bill in the House as a key Senate panel inched closer to a deal.Three House committees will begin marking up their legislation before the end of the week, setting up what would be a historic vote on President Obama’s signature domestic issue in just over two weeks.” Congress Daily AM: Senate HELP Panel Set To Approve Overhaul Bill Today “The Senate [...]

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Morning Headlines – July 13, 2009

Los Angeles Times: Improve care, lower costs “One encouraging thing about healthcare reform, however, is that improving the quality of care can help slow the debilitating increase in costs. It’s good for all. And although the changes required won’t be easy, they’re essential to the crucial third piece of the healthcare reform puzzle, which is providing coverage to all Americans.” Washington Post: Health-Care Savings “As Mr. Orszag put it, ‘Adopting a deficit-neutral health reform that expands coverage . . . [...]

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July 8, 2009

New York Times: Health Deals Could Harbor Hidden Costs “The deals, trumpeted loudly by the White House, would each help pay for a sweeping overhaul of the health care system.First, it was a broad consortium of health industry groups — doctors, hospitals, drug makers and insurers, all promising to slow the growth of medical spending by 1.5 percent.” New York Times: David Leonhardt – Economic Scene: In Health Reform, a Cancer Offers an Acid Test “It’s become popular to pick [...]

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July 7, 2009

The Washington Post: Hospitals Reach Deal With Administration “The nation’s hospitals agreed last night to contribute $155 billion over 10 years toward the cost of insuring the 47 million Americans without health coverage, according to two industry sources. The agreement that three hospital associations reached with White House officials and leaders of the Senate Finance Committee is the latest in a series of side deals that aim to reduce the cost of revamping the nation’s health-care system and to neutralize [...]

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July 1, 2009

The Wall Street Journal: Institute Offers Blueprint for U.S. Effort to Compare Medical Treatments “The nonprofit Institute of Medicine provided a road map Tuesday for a new U.S.-backed effort to compare medical treatments and give doctors and patients better information to guide care for dozens of diseases and conditions.” The New York Times: Panel Suggests U.S. Medical Priorities “An influential scientific advisory panel has recommended that federal officials give top priority to comparing the effectiveness of competing medical strategies in [...]

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June 30, 2009

The New York Times: Obama Steers Health Debate Out of Capital “With Democrats deeply divided over health legislation, President Obama is trying to enlist the nation’s governors and his own army of grass-roots supporters in a bid to increase pressure on lawmakers without getting himself mired in the messy battle playing out on Capitol Hill.” The Wall Street Journal: The Doctor Will Text You Now “This year, 39% of doctors said they’d communicated with patients online, up from just 16% [...]

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Headlines from the Weekend

Los Angeles Times – Focus on results, not treatments “The cost problem has multiple causes, but a primary one is the overuse of medical services and technology. Today’s health insurance system gives physicians and hospitals little incentive to practice medicine cost-effectively. And as long as they can pass their costs on to consumers in the form of ever-rising premiums, insurance companies don’t need to be disciplined spenders either. To create the right incentives, insurers should move away from paying for [...]

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June 26, 2009

Politico: Baucus’ ‘coalition of the willing’ “Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) calls them the ‘coalition of the willing,’ a group of four Republican and three Democratic senators, including himself, that may well determine health care reform in the Senate.” Bloomberg: New $1 Trillion Price Tag May Advance Senate Health-Care Plan “Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus said the cost of health-care options being weighed by his panel can be cut to his goal of $1 trillion, potentially removing a [...]

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June 25, 2009

USA Today: Health suffers in recession; preventive care often cut first “As the recession continues and unemployment climbs, surveys suggest many Americans are cutting costs by delaying or forgoing preventive health care.” The Hill: Obama targets middle class in healthcare broadcast “President Obama took to the airwaves to make his case for healthcare reform Wednesday night, seeking to assure middle-class voters that his plans would not disrupt what they already have.” The Hill: $285B switch might remove health hurdle “House [...]

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