Health care advocates promote reform - Politico
Some health care groups are pushing Congress to include funding for threatened health programs in a second economic stimulus package.
Kennedy Announces Plan to Submit Bill For Universal Care - Washington Post
Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.), making his second appearance on Capitol Hill since he began treatment for a malignant brain tumor in June, told reporters yesterday that he would advance a bill early next year calling for universal health care.
Half of primary-care doctors in survey would leave medicine - CNN
Nearly half the respondents in a survey of U.S. primary care physicians said that they would seriously consider getting out of the medical business within the next three years if they had an alternative.
Senate Finance To Examine Economics Of Health Care Reform - RTT News
The latest in a series of hearings on health care reform will take place Wednesday on Capitol Hill, with a special focus being paid to the economic side of the issue. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont) announced the hearing Monday, as Senators will weigh how to balance health care concerns in light of the overarching economic crisis.
Senate Democrats Get Serious About Health Care System Overhaul - CQ
Rather than waiting for either President-elect Barack Obama to take office next year or for the 111th Congress to convene, Senate Democratic leaders this week are escalating discussions on an ambitious overhaul of the health care system.
Protests Over a Rule to Protect Health Providers - New York Times
A last-minute Bush administration plan to grant sweeping new protections to health care providers who oppose abortion and other procedures on religious or moral grounds has provoked a torrent of objections, including a strenuous protest from the government agency that enforces job discrimination laws.
Medicare coverage gap vexes patients, survey says - Seattle Post Intelligencer
A survey of Medicare Part D enrollees showed that most of them do not fully understand the coverage gap, or "doughnut hole," under which they must pay full cost for their prescription drugs, Medco Health Solutions said Monday.
It May Be the Right Time to Operate - Los Angeles Times
When Barack Obama steps into the Oval Office in January, healthcare reform will join a list of priorities crowded with two wars, a ballooning budget deficit and an economy mired in one of the worst slowdowns since the Great Depression.
Government role in health care won't diminish: Summers - Reuters
Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers said on Monday the government's role in providing health care won't likely diminish, so greater efficiencies need to be found in the delivery of care.