Facing a Choice Between Home And Health Care - Wall Street Journal
Housing Rout Cuts Off Source of Funds to Pay Medical Bills; Chemo, and Then Foreclosure
Congress and the incoming Obama administration are poised to slash subsidies to private insurers under Medicare, a move that could significantly change the landscape for health plans in the entitlement program — and their beneficiaries.
Health Care CEO Council Roundtable - Wall Street Journal
The U.S. spends $2.3 trillion per year on health care — almost twice as much per person as other industrialized nations — but we aren’t getting what we pay for. Studies show that fully a third of spending is wasted on treatments, drugs, and tests that don’t improve Americans’ health outcomes and that adults receive recommended treatments for many illnesses only 55% of the time.
Rising Hope For Fixing Health Care - David Broder
Things are looking up for substantive reform of America's troubled health-care system.
The health care promise Obama is bound to break - USA Today
Presidential candidates make many promises that, when circumstances change and political realities intrude, get modified or broken. Just ask George H.W. Bush or Bill Clinton. Here's one campaign promise President-elect Barack Obama is virtually guaranteed to break: He'll cut health insurance premiums by $2,500 a year.
Health care costs are crippling small businesses - The Health Care Blog
I've got news for the folks doing the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans' survey: Smaller businesses, especially those defined as true small businesses with two to 50 full-time employees, are strapped beyond belief when it comes to paying ever-higher premiums for health care.
Why the Economic Crisis Shouldn't Mean Putting Off Health Care - Monica Sanchez
Many have speculated that the health care reform promised during the election will have to be put off in the face of our severe economic crisis. Others warned that comprehensive reform will be impossible given the budget gaps and believe piece-meal reform is the most we can hope for. Still others believe the new president will not be able to tackle comprehensive health care reform in his first year for political reasons.
Basically, the argument is that universal health care would be so popular that Republicans would lose their grip on social conservatives. Michael F. Cannon makes the case.
The Health Care Death Blow - Booman Tribune
One election factoid conservatives keep mentioning is the relative popularity of conservative self-identification versus liberal self-identification in the exit polls.
On Friday, the 13 co-sponsors of Sens. Ron Wyden’s (D-OR) and Bob Bennett’s (R-UT) Healthy Americans Act wrote a letter to President-elect Barack Obama outlining their shared principles for reform.