Original Washington Post Article
(source: Washington Post)
Tuesday’s Finance Committee vote is considered such a sure thing that most Hill staffers are already looking past it. When you hear about compromises like an opt-out public option, you’re not hearing about a potential amendment to the Finance Committee’s bill. You’re hearing about a potential addition to the “floor bill.” That’s where the action is now.
The following link was recommended to me by a fellow reader from Simoleon Sense. Truly staggering data relating to the number of uninsured U.S. workers.
(source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)
Worker are getting squeezed by health insurance costs that are rising much faster than their wages. As a result, workers are significantly more likely to be uninsured now than they were in the mid 1990s, when lawmakers last tried to overhaul health care.
Kaiser Family Foundation Report
(source: Kaiser Family Foundation)
his report by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the American Cancer Society profiles six cancer patients and survivors and the challenges they face to help gauge how the recession and rising unemployment is affecting workers who are most in need of ongoing medical care.
The report, “Patients Under Pressure: Profiles of How Families Affected by Cancer are Faring in the Recession,” illustrates the kinds of problems such patients face in a recession, including obstacles to continuing coverage through COBRA; difficulty in finding an insurer who will sell them non-group coverage; the limited availability of public coverage; and the medical debt that patients can incur and the delays in care they often suffer if they become uninsured even for short periods of time.
It is a follow up to “Spending to Survive: Cancer Patients Confront Holes in the Health Insurance System,” a joint report released by the Foundation and the American Cancer Society in February.
Health Care Blog Post
What do people really think about health care reform? When political issues are difficult and complicated, published polls sometimes confuse rather than enlighten the debate. And health care reform is fiendishly complicated, with many different issues and many different proposals for addressing them. No wonder that the debate is generating more heat than light. This is surely one of the times when political leaders should lead rather than follow public opinion. As Winston Churchill once said, “The problem with politicians who keep their ear too close to the ground is that it is difficult to look up to them in that ungainly posture.”
Articles Tagged for Health Care
(source: New York Times)
The New York Times collected present and past articles related to health care. It’s a nice synopsis of how the health care debate has evolved.