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Aetna Suing Six New Jersey Doctors Over “Unconscionable” Medical Bills.

Bloomberg News (3/24, Waldman) reports that health insurer “Aetna Inc. (AET) is suing six New Jersey doctors over medical bills it calls ‘unconscionable,’ including $56,980 for a bedside consultation and $59,490 for an ultrasound that typically costs $74.” Bloomberg News … 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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Who Denies the Highesr Percent of Claims? Medicare

Chart is from the 2008 Health Insurance Report Card released by the American Medical Association

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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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Possible Democratic defections leave fate of Baucus’ bill uncertain

The Washington Post (10/5, Connolly) reports Sens. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and John D. Rockefeller (D-WV) “have refused to pledge support for the healthcare reform bill scheduled for a vote this week” in the Senate Finance Committee, “underscoring the hard work … Continue reading

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White House, some Democrats downplay public option.

As the President continued his call for action and compromise on healthcare reform over the weekend, his top spokesman, Robert Gibbs, appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union” and echoed Obama’s statements that the so-called public option is not a … 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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Detailed Analysis: Democrats Government Takeover Gives Unchecked Power to New Health Care Czar | Republican Leader John Boehner

Detailed Analysis: Democrats Government Takeover Gives Unchecked Power to New Health Care Czar | Republican Leader John Boehner Shared via AddThis

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