What worries you most about the healthcare system in our country? - The Obama Transition Team
Our policy teams will be sharing new developments with you, the American people, and asking for feedback. It's up to you to respond. Watch the latest video, and join the discussion below.
Fewer young uninsured, more poor - Boston Globe
The number of American children without health insurance declined by about 6 percent last year, according to a new report by Families USA, a nonpartisan organization representing healthcare consumers. But that's largely because the child poverty rate increased, so more children qualified for government-sponsored insurance, the report found.
Orszag Will Be Director of OMB - Washington Post
Not long ago, the men and women minding the federal budget were pure number crunchers. But in choosing Peter R. Orszag to run the Office of Management and Budget, President-elect Barack Obama indicated yesterday that the job will have a more expansive portfolio in his administration.
A Fall Through Insurance-Coverage Gap - The Philadelphia Inquirer
Phil Venezio worked for 30 years selling laboratory equipment to schools and industry. He supported a family, paid taxes, saved what he could.
Foundation Starts Health Policy News Service - New York Times
Seeking to fill a niche left by the decline of the traditional news media, the Kaiser Family Foundation is starting a news service to produce in-depth coverage of the policy and politics of health care, both for an independent Web site and in collaborations with mainstream news organizations.
BLANKLEY: Obama's health-care czar - New York Times
As President-elect Obama's apparent choice for Health and Human Services Secretary and as White House health care czar, it is a fair guess that Tom Daschle's view on health-care legislation may be decisive.
THE POLICY REALIGNMENT OF UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE. - Ezra Klein
The evidence suggests that people like government-run health care systems. Medicare has much higher satisfaction ratings than private insurance. Americans are much less satisfied with their health system than they are in other countries. And the differences are significant.
Obama's Health Care Team: They Mean Business - Jonathan Cohn
Today the Obama transition office will announce its health care policy team. As expected, Tom Daschle will be leading it. According to sources closes to the transition, he'll be joined by a set of analysts including Lauren Aronson, Mark Childress, Dora Hughes, and Jeanne Lambrew. Harvard economist David Cutler will be serving as a part-time, outside advisor, reprising a role he served during the campaign. Among the other outside advisers are Jonathan Blum, Rahul Rajkumar, Terrell McSweeny, and Jenny Backus.
Bob Laszewski points to an article by John Sinibaldi, a “well-respected health insurance agent in St. Petersburg, FL , [who] has become prominent in Florida’s broker community.” Sinibaldi argues that many small businesses would now accept some sort of government intervention in health care.
Health Care Game-Changer Underway? - David Sirota
America is a decidedly center-left nation, especially on the issue of health care. Obama now has a budget imperative to reform it immediately.
Saving on health care costs by crossing borders - Feministing
An article in Newsweek chronicles a new phenomenon: outsourcing US health care to Mexico. People have been going abroad to save money on cosmetic procedures for quite some time (Brazil is an infamous destination for this) but this is something different.