Archive for ‘health insurance’

April 6, 2012

The Daily Scoop: Europe Baffled by US Health Care Reform Debate

Only in America could there be a firestorm controversy over providing access to health care for 30 million plus U.S. citizens. At least this is the general perspective shared by much of Europe as to WHY the Affordable Care Act’s provisions are opposed so fervently here in America. As many know Europeans enjoy universal health care coverage. It has become as engrained into their social fabric as Medicare and Social Security has here. As a result they are utterly confused as to why there is a debate over this issue. The articles here provides a small glimpse into the confusion our neighbors across the Pond are experiencing over this perculiar political battle over health care.

Europe Is Baffled by the U.S. Supreme Court

Europe is scratching its head over possibility that the U.S. Supreme Court will strike down President Obama’s signature legislative achievement.

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April 2, 2012

No Mandate? New Strategy…The Public Option

This past week witnessed the long anticipated, commencement and culmination of the Supreme Court hearings on the Affordable Health Care Act’s constitutionality. Each of the three days brought endless speculative predictions as to how the justices will vote and how their decisions will impact the law, the health care system, the President and his reelection.

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March 30, 2012

The Daily Scoop: The Most Revealing Reporting on Our Healthcare System

As the country waits for the Supreme Court to issue its verdict on the health-care reform law, ProPublica writers Blair Hickman and Cora Currier rounded up some of the most revealing reporting on the issues. They’re grouped roughtly into articles on high costs and those on insurance.

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March 29, 2012

Romney: Uninsured with preexisting conditions should be denied coverage

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Tuesday insisted that President Barack Obama’s health care reform law should be overturned and that people with preexisting conditions should be denied coverage if they had never had insurance before.

During an appearance on NBC’s Tonight Show, host Jay Leno told Romney that he knew people that had never been able to get insurance before “Obamacare” was passed.

“It seems to me like children and people with preexisting conditions should be covered,” Leno noted.

“People with preexisting conditions — as long as they’ve been insured before, they’re going to continue to have insurance,” Romney explained.

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March 26, 2012

The Daily Scoop: GOP support for Individual Mandate in their words

If one were to remove all the partisanship restraining effective policy, the public could take solace in the realization their leaders could reach compromise and address the issues facing this country.

 

Read more and see a full list of the legislators who previously supported an individual mandate.

 

 

 

March 23, 2012

Free contraception or just getting your money’s worth?

Much has been made over the contraception mandate rules implemented as part of the Affordable Care Act with many conservative commentators asking why the public should pay for others to have sex.  Along with the fallacious characterization of contraception use the controversy’s liberal use of the word “free” in conjunction with it introduces a whole other question. Are the proponents of these provisions really demanding free services or are they just looking to get their money’s worth?

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March 18, 2012

The Daily Scoop: Santorum’s Dubious Obamacare Cost Claim

If you’re looking for a possible roadmap for Rick Santorum‘s campaign in the week ahead, he provided one in his stump speech in Osage Beach, Mo., on Friday.

“You know what people are going to be talking about this week and next week?” Santorum asked the crowd of a few hundred on Friday. “Obamacare. Why? Well, the Congressional Budget Office this week just came out with their new numbers. And I know you’re gonna be shocked to hear this, but it’s twice as expensive as what President Obama said.” ….using the CBO’s numbers. “Believe it or not, remarkable,” he said. “It’s almost 2 trillion dollars over the next 10 years.”

Except you might not want to believe it, because Santorum’s twice-as-expensive claim is “absolutely untrue,”according to FactCheck.org, a project for the Annenberg Public Policy Center.

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March 8, 2012

The Daily Scoop: 1 in 5 US families struggle to pay medical bills; half say can’t pay a cent

ATLANTA — A survey shows 1 in 5 Americans say their families are having trouble paying their medical bills. Worse, half of those who are struggling say they are unable to pay a single dime toward those debts.

The survey of 52,000 people was conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from January through June of last year. It’s the first time the government agency has looked at the issue in such a comprehensive way.

Peter Cunningham, who studies the issue for an independent health policy research group, says it may be the largest such study ever done on the matter.

Lower-income people struggled the most. They were three times more likely to have difficulty paying their medical bills over the past year.

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March 8, 2012

Good news about health care in the U.S.: The case for Obama’s health care reforms

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Here’s a preview of another piece of television that many Republicans hope you will not bother to see, a piece that explains exactly how and why the health care reforms championed by President Obama will help you and millions of others:

Program: U.S. Health Care: The Good News

Episode: The Good News in American Medicine

Journalist T.R. Reid examines communities in America where top-notch medical care is available at reasonable costs and, in some instances, can be accessed by almost all residents. Included: Mesa County, Colo.; Seattle; Everest, Wash.; Hanover, N.H. In Mesa County, for instance, doctors, hospitals and insurers place an emphasis on prevention; and a program that offers pre-natal care to poor women has proved popular.

T. R. Reid’s report started airing on PBS stations in mid-February.  If you haven’t seen it, go to this site to view the entire production.

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February 1, 2012

The Daily Scoop: Medicare Seen as Battleground Issue in Congressional Races

WASHINGTON — A Republican plan to remake Medicare, set forth in a budget blueprint devised by Representative Paul D. Ryan, has largely faded from public view. But it is about to come back in a big way as Democrats try to win control of the House by battering Republicans over Medicare in Congressional races around the country.

House Republicans voted overwhelmingly last year for the “Ryan budget,” which would give Medicare beneficiaries a fixed amount of money to buy coverage from competing private health plans.

Democrats are using the Medicare issue to attack Republicans, just as Republicans used it to beat Democrats two years ago.
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