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Diagnosis For America by Jonathan Tasini, | October 25, 2005The Delphi bankruptcy and GM deal are symptoms of a national malaise that only universal health care can cure. read more »
- With the FDA's decision on whether to make emergency contraception (EC) available over the counter now stalled indefinitely, women's health organizations that were lobbying for Plan B came up against an infuriating roadblock. Then, last week, a GAO draft report concluded what they'd already suspected: The decisi read more »
- Talk about turning back the clock for women. A new bill proposed by Indiana state senator Patricia Miller, R-Indianapolis, would ban single women from assisted reproductive procedures. That's right. read more »
- In the wake of Hurricane Katrina and the relief effort, much business has been pushed aside or delayed—the estate tax vote and John Roberts' confirmation hearings come immediately to mind. read more »
America's Health Crisis by Robert Reich, | April 18, 2005If what's good for GM is good for America, then America needs a single-payer health care plan. read more »
Ruling on Health Law Is Due by End of Year, The New York Times | October 19, 2010
Select Democrats Embrace Health Care Law, Politico | October 19, 2010
After weeks of avoiding the health care overhaul on the campaign trail, some Democrats are out bragging about the law in the final run-up to the mid-term elections. more »
Yet Again, Health Insurers Seeking Ways to Defy Health Care Law, consumerwatchdog.org | August 13, 2010
Consumer Watchdog and the Center for Media and Democracy have sent a letter to Secretary Kathleen Sebelius calling on her and the administration to investigate the recent dramatic decreases in medical loss ratios by major health care insurers in anticipation of health care reform implementation. The insurers, led by Cigna and its 2nd quarter 6.4% drop, seek to benefit in two primary ways:
Insurers Lobbying To Weaken Regulations, Despite Record Profits , wonkroom.thinkprogress.org | August 13, 2010
Over the last several months, I’ve noted that even while the economy is in recession and a growing number of Americans are going without health insurance coverage, the big health insurers are posting higher profits. Americans are actually using less care — filing fewer claims — but still paying more in premiums.
CEOs From 10 Health Insurers Took Nearly $1 Billion in Compensation, Stock Options in Last Decade, yubanet.com | August 13, 2010
Health Care for America Now (HCAN), the 1,000-member coalition that led the successful fight for health reform, released a report today showing that in 2009, while America's families struggled with skyrocketing health insurance costs and the worst economy since the Great Depression, chief executives of the 10 largest for-profit health insurance companies collected total pay of $228.1 million, up f more »
Medicare Funds to Last 12 Years Longer Than Earlier Forecast, Report Says, The Washington Post | August 6, 2010
Medicare Stronger, Social Security Worse in Short Run, Report Finds, The New York Times | August 6, 2010
Medicare will remain financially solvent for 12 additional years, until 2029, because of the cost-cutting measures in President Obama’s recently enacted health care legislation, the program’s trustees projected on Thursday. more »
Medicare Gets New Lease On Life; Social Security Remains Healthy , Huffington Post | August 6, 2010
Social Security and Medicare Still Face Serious Financial Challenges, Annual Review Says, articles.latimes.com | August 6, 2010
Social Security and Medicare continue to face grave financial challenges even though the new healthcare law may provide added stability to the two massive programs, according to the government's annual review. This year, for the first time since 1983, Social Security is projected to pay out more in benefits than it collects in taxes.
Senate Vote on Medicaid, Education Funds Delayed, thehill.com | August 3, 2010
The Senate tabled a jobs measure Monday because Democrats underestimated the package’s cost. Democrats had scheduled a vote to end debate on their proposal to send $10 billion in funding to states and local governments to prevent public teacher layoffs. The package contains another $16.1 billion to help states with Medicaid obligations.