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Can We Have Health Reform Without An Individual Mandate?

August 15, 2011

From The Nation: Credit: Creative Commons/janinsanfran Yes, It’s Called ‘Medicare for All’ By John Nichols August 13, 2011 The essential vote on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals panel that ruled that the individual-coverage mandate in President Obama’s healthcare reform is unconstitutional did not come from a reactionary Republican appointed by Ronald Reagan or George…

11th Circuit Rules Individual Mandate Unconstitutional

August 12, 2011

From Politico: The Department of Justice is expected to appeal. | Reuters By JENNIFER HABERKORN | 8/12/11 1:29 PM EDT The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday ruled that the health care reform law’s requirement that nearly all Americans buy insurance is unconstitutional, a striking blow to the legislation that increases the odds that…

Supreme Court Will Rule On Healthcare Reform Act

August 1, 2011

From Business Insider: Abigail Caplovitz Field–Jul. 29, 2011 If the act is upheld as constitutional, federal regulations will transform the industry. For example, regulations will dictate how much of each premium can pay for overhead and profit, change insurers’ ability to decide what kind of coverage to offer, and who can purchase it. The stakes…

A Hazy Future For Medicare

August 1, 2011

From Politico: Democrats had been counting on  taking aim at Paul Ryan’s Medicare plan. By DAVID NATHER | 7/31/11 11:25 PM EDT President Barack Obama’s health care law has high negative ratings, and they’re not getting any better. But House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s Medicare plan has high negatives, too — and they’re not…

Increasing The Medicare Eligibility Age: A Smaller Bargain

July 29, 2011

From Politico: By JENNIFER HABERKORN | 7/28/11 12:41 PM EDT President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner failed to strike a “grand bargain” on the nation’s deficit, but they may have pulled off another trick: revolutionizing the debate over Medicare. When they both accepted the idea of increasing the Medicare eligibility age to 67,…

Panel Pushes For Free Insurer Provided Contraceptives

July 25, 2011

From The New York Times: Editorial Board–July 20, 2011 In an encouraging development for women’s health, an advisory panel of leading experts has recommended that all insurers be required to offer contraceptives as well as other preventive services free of charge under the new health care law. The Obama administration seems inclined to follow the…

State Health Exchanges Leaning Toward Insurers

July 20, 2011

From The Huffington Post: Wendell Potter–7/14/11 12:29 PM ET The insurance industry made it abundantly clear this week that it is in the driver’s seat–in both Washington and state capitals — of one of the most important vehicles created by Congress to reform the U.S. health care system. The Affordable Care Act requires the states…

Cutting Medicaid: Taking A Step Backwards

July 20, 2011

From The Huffington Post: Maggie Kozel–7/15/11 10:32 AM ET I spent my formative years as a pediatrician in the U.S. Navy, and so it happened that I was a seasoned pediatrician of nearly 10 years before I had my first experience with Medicaid. I left the Navy for civilian practice in 1990. Moving from the…

Is Saving Medicaid Worth The Effort?

July 20, 2011

From The New York Times: Editorial Board–July 17, 2011 Medicaid is under assault these days from nearly every direction. Governors complain that they cannot afford to put up their share of the money. Congressional Republicans led by Paul Ryan want to reduce the federal contribution by $771 billion over the next decade and shift more…

State Health Care Cuts Could Fill Nursing Homes

July 18, 2011

From The Associated Press: By JOHN SEEWER–7/16/2011 Born with cerebral palsy, Jennifer McPhail relies on a home health aide to help her get dressed for work and ready for bed at night. Her motorized wheelchair keeps her active, working as an organizer with a disability rights group in Austin, Texas, and volunteering to help people…

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