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Senate Democrats’ coalition on health reform said to be fracturing

With debate on the Senate healthcare bill to begin this week, media reports indicate that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) faces a difficult challenge in herding the 60 votes needed to advance the legislation. The AP (11/30) reports, “The … Continue reading

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Senate Democrats lose healthcare test vote

In a 53-47 vote, the Senate Wednesday dealt what media reports are describing as a blow to President Obama’s plans for healthcare reform. While the procedural vote concerned a popular Medicare bill to increase payments to doctors by $247 billion, … Continue reading

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Summary of the America’s Healthy Choices Act

On October 13, 2009, the Senate Finance Committee approved Senator Max Baucus’s (D-Montana) health care bill, the America’s Healthy Future Act, by a vote of 14 to 9. Senator Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) was the only Republican to vote with the … Continue reading

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Health Care Reform Must Address Health Care Costs

With health care costs at a crisis stage, there is no shortage of sweeping health care reform ideas in Washington and throughout the nation. No one will argue that reforms need to take place, but the fundamental question is what … Continue reading

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Obama rallies Congress to come together, pass healthcare reform

President Obama’s speech to Congress is generating mostly glowing media reviews. While some argue the President failed to provide a sufficient level of detail on his healthcare reform views, his delivery is earning widespread media praise, with a number of … Continue reading

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Benefits and costs of HDHPs, HSAs discussed

In BusinessWeek’s (9/10) The Debate Room blog, Paul Kitchen writes, “The only way to truly reduce healthcare costs is to put as many healthcare dollars in consumers’ pockets as possible through consumer-driven health plans (CDHPs), aka high-deductible health plans (HDHPs). … Continue reading

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On eve of Obama speech, Democratic divide on public option appears to deepen

Coverage of the run-up to President Obama’s speech to Congress tends to focus on the “public option” debate, and reflects statements from key Democrats that suggest the intra-party split on that issue presents a growing challenge for the President. The … Continue reading

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CBO: House reform bill could increase drug benefit premiums 20 percent

The Hill (9/1, Alarkon) reports, “The House health bill would raise insurance premiums for seniors but save money for those who spend more on drugs, a CBO study found.” CBO director Douglas Elmendorf “said Medicare recipients would pay less out … Continue reading

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Report indicates Massachusetts may have highest health insurance premiums

The Boston Globe (8/22, Lazar) reported, “Massachusetts has the most expensive family health insurance premiums in the country,” according to a report by the Commonwealth Fund. The analysis revealed that “the average family premium for plans offered by employers in … Continue reading

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Key lawmakers urge Obama to scale down healthcare reform plans.

Media reports on the healthcare debate continue to paint a grim picture of the President’s reform push. The White House is being cast as beset by conflicting agendas in the House and Senate, and comments Sunday by Sen. Joe Lieberman … Continue reading

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