Lawmakers in most states have little control over Health care premiums
Thu, Aug 12, 2010Healthcare
Los Angeles TimesBy Noam N. Levey As Americans struggle with double-digit hikes in their health insurance bills, millions are coming up against a hard reality: The state regulators who are supposed to protect them can often do little to control what insurers are charging.In many states, it is the insurance industry Read More

Tags: Health insurance reform, Insurance industry, Government oversite

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Dems' health-care bus hits the Valley
Thu, Aug 27, 2009Healthcare
Arizona RepublicBy Dan NowickiA bus sporting the familiar red, white and blue logo of President Barack Obama's campaign debuted in central Phoenix on Wednesday evening on the vanguard of a Democratic counteroffensive in support of health-care reform.Hundreds of supporters rallied at one of the earliest stops on the Democratic National Read More

Tags: Organizing for America, Kyrsten Sinema, Barack Obama, Health Insurance reform, Public option

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Dying for affordable healthcare — the uninsured speak
Sun, Aug 23, 2009Healthcare
GuardianBy Ed Pilkington, Kansas CityIn a week of claim and counter-claim about the merits of healthcare provision in the US and UK, Ed Pilkington travelled to Quindaro, Kansas, to see how the poorest surviveIn the furious debate gripping America over the future of its health system, one voice has been Read More

Tags: Health insurance reform, Doctors, Poverty, Kansas, Working poor

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The Uninsured
Sun, Aug 23, 2009Healthcare
New York Times EditorialOne of the major goals of health care reform is to cover the vast numbers of uninsured. But how vast, really, is that pool of people? Who are they? And how important is it to cover all or most of them?Critics play down the seriousness of the Read More

Tags: Health insurance reform, Health care reform

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Keep The Government’s Hands Off My Medicare!
Mon, Aug 10, 2009Healthcare
AJ NewsBy Mary ShopeDuring the month of August,the fight for health insurance reform leaves the backroomsof Washington, D.C.and comes home to our local communities. Most members of Congress have scheduled town hall meetings across the country to talk about healthcare proposals and ideas for reform.These town hall meetings offer a Read More

Tags: Health Insurance Reform, Town Hall meetings

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Pelosi’s new tack on healthcare - target big insurance
Sat, Aug 1, 2009Healthcare
Christian Science MonitorBy Gail Russell Chaddock, Staf WriterWith public support for healthcare reform losing steam, House Democrats head home for the August break with a new theme: Hold insurance companies accountable.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she is bracing for “carpet bombing, shock and awe” from insurance companies directed at members Read More

Tags: Health insurance reform, U.S. Congress, Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House, Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, Senate Finance Committee

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The tight Grip of Health Insurers
Sat, Aug 1, 2009Healthcare
Businessweek via Newsmeatby Catherine Arnst The insurance industry is up in arms over congressional proposals to create a publicly financed competitor in an effort to bring down health-care costs. That may be because it doesn't have to face much in the way of competition now: Most regions of the U.S. are Read More

Tags: Health Insurers, Health Insurance Reform, American Medical Association,

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Unions budget up to $15 million for August campaign
Sat, Aug 1, 2009Healthcare
The HillBy Alexander BoltonLabor unions and liberal advocacy groups will spend between $10 million and $20 million this month to twist lawmakers’ arms over the stalled healthcare reform effort in Congress. Much of the grassroots activity and television ads will be aimed at persuading centrist Democrats and Republicans to support the Read More

Tags: Health Insurance Reform, AFL-CIO, Unions, Employee Free Choice Act

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Health Insurers Fight a Public Plan, but Rarely Each Other
Tue, Jul 28, 2009Healthcare
NewsweekBy Catherine ArnstHealth insurers are on board with many congressional proposals for health-care reform. But they are vociferously opposed to the creation of a publicly financed insurer, arguing that they couldn't possibly compete against a low-cost public plan that has no need to earn profits. They may have a point. Read More

Tags: Health insurance reform, U.S. Congress, Public option

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Blacks, Hispanics biggest losers if health care reform fails
Fri, Jul 24, 2009Healthcare
Facing SouthEarl Ofari Hutchinson, New America MediaIf President Barack Obama's drive for some form of universal health care falters the biggest losers by far will be blacks and Hispanics. Blacks and Hispanics make up nearly half of the estimated 50 million Americans who have no health care insurance, according to Read More

Tags: Health insurance reform, Barack Obama, Blacks, Hispanics

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